George Manahan

Music Director, American Composers Orchestra;
Director of Orchestral Studies, Manhattan School of Music

George Manahan was the right man for the job: a seasoned leader with a flair for coordinating dramatic works, not least from his New York City Opera tenure... he drew an appropriately weighty introduction from his young players; pert, springy outer movements framed a lissome Andante.
Steve Smith, New York Times, March 24, 2012 Manhattan School of Music "Double Feature: New Music With Old Soul"

"Mr. Manahan and the orchestra gave a mesmerizing account of this fiercely original music."
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, March 28, 2011 - NYCO's 'Monodramas'

“What a difference it makes to hear the piece performed by an opera conductor who palpably believes in it…the fervent and sensitive performance that Mr. Manahan presided over made the best case for this opera that I have encountered.”
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, January 16, 2009 - NYCO's 'Anthony and Cleopatra' at Carnegie Hall


The wide-ranging and versatile George Manahan has had an esteemed career embracing everything from opera to the concert stage, the traditional to the contemporary. He is the Music Director of the American Composer’s Orchestra and the Portland Opera (OR), previously served as Music Director of New York City Opera for fourteen seasons, and has appeared as guest conductor with the Opera Companies of Seattle, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Chicago, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera National du Paris and Teatro de Communale de Bologna and the National, New . . .

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