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Conductor Joseph Mechavich

Conductor Joseph Mechavich

 

 

Introduction to Joseph Mechavich.   2:01 min.  Interview:  Raymond Elman.  Post-Production: Gabriela J. Fuentes Villafañe.   Recorded via Zoom:  11/6/2023, Miami.

 

JOSEPH MECHAVICH (b.1969) is a highly accomplished conductor known for his exceptional commitment to excellence in his craft. His dedication has fostered long-term and career-defining relationships with various opera companies, composers, and orchestras worldwide.

In a 2019 review of Florida Grand Opera’s production of “Werther,” the Miami Herald praised Mechavich’s artistry, stating that “an astute conductor realizes that Massenet’s music must be as passionate and expressive as the action on stage.” Mechavich has also conducted numerous highly acclaimed productions of works by Carlisle Floyd and Jake Heggie, including “Susannah,” “Of Mice and Men,” “Cold Sassy Tree,” “Moby-Dick,” “Great Scott,” “Out of Darkness: Two Remain,” and “Dead Man Walking.” Additionally, he has recorded “Wuthering Heights.”

Mechavich will be conducting La Bohème for the Florida Grand Opera at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (April, 2024) in Miami, and at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (May, 2024) in Fort Lauderdale 

 

The videos below were recorded via Zoom, are organized by Success Factor, and run between 30 seconds and 6 minutes. Click on any video. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos.

 

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:   0:28 sec.

Where did you grow up and what was your first awareness of art of any discipline?

 

VALUES FIRST-RATE EDUCATION:   2:13 min.

Where did you go to school, and what did you learn that still informs you today?

 

PERSEVERANCE FURTHERS:  1:27 min.

Tell us about the evolution of your career after you graduated from Yale University.

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  5:37 min.

Who have been your role models and influencers and have they changed as your career evolved?

 

COMMUNITY VALUES:  1:30 min.

What’s your process for taking on new projects?

 

UNDERSTANDS THE BUSINESS OF ART:  6:16 min.

Are the number of opera companies and the audience for opera expanding or contracting?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:   2:13 min.

Tell us about your upcoming performance with the Florida Grand Opera and “La bohème.”

 

COMMUNITY VALUES:  1:26 min.

You embrace conducting new operas. What are some of the joys and pitfalls of conducting new operas?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  1:08 min.

The new opera based on New York Times Opinion columnist Charles Blow’s memoir, “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” has been well received.

 

OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED:  3:17 min.

Describe a challenging situation with a successful outcome.

 

TRUST:  0:31 sec.

What’s your favorite movie?