Praised for his "artistic authority," "fluidity of expression," and "great delicacy of feeling," Michael Sakir's recent conducing engagements include Seattle Opera, Opera Memphis, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Orlando, Eugene Opera, American Opera Projects, Opera Company of Middlebury, and Intermountain Opera Bozeman.
Conductor Michael Sakir has been praised for his "artistic authority," "fluidity of expression," and "great delicacy of feeling." He serves as Interim Artistic Director of Intermountain Opera Bozeman and Music Director of the Opera Company of Middlebury. He recently completed his fourth and final season as Music Director of Opera Memphis, with whom he was deeply involved in the company's groundbreaking civic practice programs, community partnerships, and commissioning projects.
In the 2019-2020 season, Sakir made his Seattle Opera debut conducting Jerre Dye and Zachary Redler's The Falling and the Rising - a new opera co-commissioned with the United States Department of Defense and based on interviews with wounded American veterans.
Other recent guest conducting engagements include Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Orlando, Shreveport Opera, Intermountain Opera Bozeman, Eugene Opera, Northwestern University, American Opera Projects, Opera in the Ozarks, and Opera North (NH).
Sakir has held chorus master, assistant conductor, and coach positions for nearly three dozen productions with Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Pensacola Opera, and Opera Boston.
Sakir holds bachelor degrees in Piano Performance and Music History from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a graduate degree in Orchestral Conducting from The Boston Conservatory. He was a participant in the 2017 OPERA America Leadership Intensive.