Mark Morash, Conductor

Mark Morash is a conductor and pianist originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. He currently serves as the director of musical studies for San Francisco Opera Center. He has led productions and concerts with the Merola Opera Program and Western Opera Theater and in recent years, led performances of Rigoletto with Opera Colorado as well as Don Giovanni and The Turn of the Screw for the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, California. His work with the San Francisco Opera Center has included such varied repertoire as Così fan tutte, Die Fledermaus, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Barber of Seville, Donizetti's Rita, Pasatieri's The Seagull and Britten's The Rape of Lucretia. He last appeared at Opera Santa Barbara in a double bill of La Serva Padrona and Trouble in Tahiti. He has appeared in recital with such renowned artists as Michael Schade, Leah Crocetto, Elza van den Heever and Quinn Kelsey, as well as performing with numerous emerging singers in San Francisco Opera Center's esteemed Schwabacher Debut Recitals. As a guest teacher, he has given master classes at opera programs, universities and opera companies throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as a residency in Christ Church, New Zealand through the Kia Ora Foundation.