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Michael Heaston

Washington National Opera
Director, Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program & t
Michael Heaston is a respected collaborative pianist, vocal coach, and artistic administrator. He is both the Director of the prestigious Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and American Opera Initative, as well as Advisor to the Artistic Director, at Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center. He is also the Associate Artistic Director of The Glimmerglass Festival, where he oversees the Young Artists Program and all matters of musical administration. Now in his 10th year of appointment at Glimmerglass, Mr. Heaston remains one of the youngest people to assume the directorship of any major training program to date. He was recently named one of Musical America’s 30 Professionals of the Year. He spent six seasons at The Dallas Opera, where he was Head of Music Staff and Assistant Conductor for over 25 productions, some of which included: Salome, Porgy & Bess, Tristan und Isolde, Così fan tutte, The Lighthouse, Anna Bolena, Madama Butterfly, and the critically-acclaimed world premiere of Moby-Dick. He also served as Score Consultant for the Metropolitan Opera’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Live in HD movie theater transmission series for seven seasons.
On the concert stage, Mr. Heaston is in high demand as a collaborator with many of today's most important artists, including Christine Goerke, Dolora Zajick, and Eric Owens. He has also partnered Ailyn Pérez, Stephen Costello, Noah Stewart, Rod Gilfry, and Laura Claycomb, among others. A sought-after adjudicator, he has been a frequent judge for The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. He has presented master classes at numerous conservatories and universities and serves on the Singer Training Forum for Opera America.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, May 7

2:00pm EDT

Friday, May 8

3:00pm EDT