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Timothy Shaindlin



A native of New York City, Maestro Timothy Shaindlin has served on the music staffs of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, San Diego Opera, Florentine Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera. Maestro Shaindlin's work on the podium includes conducting engagements with Hawaii Opera Theatre, where he led the first-ever operatic performances on Maui. At Pittsburgh Opera, he conducted Madama Butterfly, which included a broadcast throughout Europe on NPR, and performances of Don Pasquale, La Traviata, Hänsel und Gretel, Die Fledermaus, and The Threepenny Opera. For Chicago Opera Theater, he conducted Hoiby’s Bon Appétit, and he led Chicago Light Opera Works in La Périchole, The Most Happy Fella, The Chocolate Soldier, New Moon, and A Waltz Dream. Mr. Shaindlin conducted Haydn’s Lo Speziale as the first opera ever staged in The Barns at Wolf Trap, as well as The Merry Widow at Eugene Opera. 

Maestro Shaindlin was recently named Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Festival of International Opera in Italy, where he has conducted Falstaff and L'Incoronazione di Poppea. Shaindlin has coached for Glimmerglass Opera (Italian language coach), Sarasota Opera (music director of the Studio Artists Program), Santa Fe Opera (Russian language coach), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Louis Symphony. In Europe, he worked for Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu and played five summers of master classes for Tito Gobbi in Florence, Italy. He has played classes and coachings for such artists as Joan Sutherland, Birgit Nilsson, Beverly Sills, Marilyn Horne, Natalie Dessay, Ben Heppner, Luciano Pavarotti, Eleanor Steber, Samuel Ramey, Régine Crespin, Carlo Bergonzi, Sherrill Milnes, Renata Scotto, Thomas Hampson, Frederica von Stade, Regina Resnik, Rockwell Blake, Paul Plishka, Catherine Malfitano, and Ghena Dimitrova.

Equally versed in music theater, Mr. Shaindlin has conducted performances of My Fair Lady, Paint Your Wagon, Brigadoon, Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, and Song of Norway, and has played keyboards for national company tours of The Will Rogers Follies, Guys and Dolls, State Fair, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Camelot, Grease, and many other shows.

Maestro Shaindlin studied at The Juilliard School, Indiana University, the New School for Social Research, and the Aspen Music Festival. He has taught at Yale School of Music, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, and the State University of New York at Purchase.

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