artistic director and conductor
Maestro Walker is Artistic Director and Conductor of Washington Concert Opera, Music Director of Pittsburgh Opera, and Conductor Emeritus of Pinchgut Opera in his native Sydney, Australia.
Mo. Walker made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 2011 with Orfeo ed Euridice and since then has conducted The Barber of Seville, Les pêcheurs de perles, a Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals concert, and most recently The Magic Flute, all at Lincoln Center. Other recent conducting appearances include Opera di Firenze (Semiramide), West Australian Opera (Le nozze di Figaro), Opera Australia (Carmen, Falstaff) Washington National Opera (Dialogues of the Carmelites), English National Opera (The Tales of Hoffmann), Pittsburgh Opera (the World Premier of Daniel Sonnenberg’s The Summer King, Tosca, The Marriage of Figaro, Turandot, Salome, The Rake’s Progress, Nabucco, Così, Carmen, La fille du régiment, Otello, La bohème, Philip Glass’ Orphée, Aida), Washington Concert Opera (Leonore, Hérodiade, 30th Anniversary Celebration of Bel Canto, La Favorite, Semiramide, Guntram, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Il corsaro, I masnadieri), Santa Fe Opera (Madama Butterfly), Canadian Opera Company (Maria Stuarda), Wolf Trap Opera (The Touchstone, Giulio Cesare), as well as the Australian premiere of Haydn’s Armida with Pinchgut Opera.
Other career highlights include engagements with Welsh National Opera, New York City Opera, Teatro Comunale Bologna, Orchestre Colonne (Paris), Merola Program at the San Francisco Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Vancouver Opera, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Sydney Opera House Orchestra. Mo. Walker is the recipient of the distinguished Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Award, the Churchill Fellowship and the Queens Trust Award, and the Green Room Award for his conducting of Alcina for Opera Australia. Mo. Walker was among five notable conductors nominated for the DORA Award in the category of Best Musical Direction following his acclaimed performance of Canadian Opera Company’s Maria Stuarda.
In the 2017-18 season, Maestro Walker conducted La straniera and Maria di Rohan with Washington Concert Opera; Tosca, The Marriage of Figaro and Moby Dick for Pittsburgh Opera; the Rossini Stabat Mater for The Choral Arts Society of Washington, DC; a concert including Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky for SUNY Potsdam; and Carmen for West Australian Opera.
Caryn Reeves is Executive Director of Washington Concert Opera. Prior positions include Associate Director of Institutional Advancement at The Glimmerglass Festival, and Development Officer at New York City Opera. Reeves is a frequent guest panelist and has served as such for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, New York State Council on the Arts, Young Artists of America at Strathmore, and New York University. A classically trained singer, she holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington; a Graduate Diploma in Opera from the Royal College of Music; and a Bachelor of Applied Music in Voice from the Eastman School of Music. Reeves has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (District Winner).
Nathan Perriello, a native of western Pennsylvania, has served as Washington Concert Opera's Operations Manager since October 2016. Prior positions include Development Operations Manager at the Jacksonville Symphony in Jacksonville, FL and Development Operations Associate at The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY. Internships included those with The Glimmerglass Festival, Pittsburgh Opera, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. With a degree in Music and Business, Nathan enjoys turning his lifelong love of the arts into a meaningful career.
Board of Directors
Alexander D. Crary
Barbara M. Rossotti
Kenneth G. Hance, Jr.
Wendy W. Makins
Dr. Steven F. Mazer
Stephanie Van Reigersberg
Dr. Catherine Wethington
Michele Bartoli Cain
Douglas E. Gill
Margaret C. Jones*
Dr. Barry Kaplan