Currently artistic director of the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Mark Gibson maintains an active performing career on three continents while heading the Orchestral Studies program at the College–Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.
Formerly principal conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Ash Lawn/Highland Summer Festival, Maestro Gibson has enjoyed an extensive career both in the opera house and concert hall. Trained in the United States with Gustav Meier, Seiji Ozawa, and Leonard Bernstein, Gibson pursued an opera career in Spain, serving as associate conductor of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona and music director of the Opera de Maò, Menorca. Since returning to the U.S., he has led productions at such American opera companies as the New York City Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Pacific, Dallas Opera, Cleveland Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre. He has appeared with many orchestras, including the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, and Rochester Philharmonia as well as at the summer festivals in Chautauqua and Spoleto U.S.A. Internationally, he has led new productions of Turandot
in Sagunto, Un Ballo
in Maschera in Malaga, and Mosé
in Seoul, while also appearing with orchestras in Barcelona, Bochum and Munich.
With the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, he has led acclaimed productions of Handel’s Alcina, Verdi’s Falstaff and the Italian premiere of Dominick Argento’s Casanova’s Homecoming. He has recently appeared with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in China and led the world of premiere of David Cutler’s Toy Fantasy, a concerto for two harps and orchestra, with the Korean Chamber Ensemble in Seoul.
At the College–Conservatory of Music (CCM), Gibson serves as music director of the CCM Philharmonia, one of the preeminent conservatory orchestras in the world. With the CCM Opera Theatre, he has conducted groundbreaking new productions of Dvorák’s Rusalka, Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, and Kurt Weill’s The Royal Palace. Highly sought after as a teacher, he has been invited to give conducting master classes in Beijing and Munich; his student Xian Zhang recently won the prestigious Maazel/Vilar Conductor’s Competition. Before coming to Cincinnati, Gibson was visiting music director of the Eastman Philharmonia. His first book, a major revision of the classic conducting text, The Modern Conductor (7th edition), was recently published by Prentice-Hall.