American conductor Ward Stare has been described as "one of the hottest young conductors in America" by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and "a rising star in the conducting firmament" by the Chicago Tribune. Recently appointed as the Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Mo. Stare opens the orchestra's 2015/16 season at Kodak Hall with a special performance of The Pines of Rome and returns throughout the season with guest soloists including violinist Simone Porter, soprano Erin Wall, and world-renowned pianist Yuja Wang. The upcoming season also marks his debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2015, as well as a return to the New World Symphony in 2016. Mo. Stare’s recent seasons have seen a number of highly-anticipated debuts with orchestras around the world, including performances with the Baltimore Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Calgary Philharmonic, as well as his debut with the Grant Park Music Festival in July of 2015. 

Mo. Stare's frequent collaboration with the Lyric Opera of Chicago began with his debut in 2012 conducting performances of Hansel and Gretel. He returned to Chicago in 2013 to lead Die Fledermaus, for which Opera News praised his "piquantly effervescent concoction of Strauss's exquisite score." Mo. Stare led the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra and Chorus in 2013 for his Millennium Park debut with sopranos Ana María Martínez and Albina Shagimuratova, tenor James Valenti, and bass-baritone Evan Boyer for LOC’s annual "Stars of Lyric Opera" concert. He returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago in November to lead performances of Porgy and Bess. Following his critically acclaimed debut with the Opera Theater of St. Louis in 2013 conducting Il Tabarro andPagliacci, Mo. Stare returned to OTSL the next season for performances of Dialogues of the Carmelites. He made his debut with the Washington National Opera conducting Donizetti's comic opera L'elisir d'amore in 2014.


Equally active on the concert stage, Mo. Stare served as the Resident Conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2012. In 2009 he made his highly successful Carnegie Hall debut with the orchestra, stepping in at the last minute for Music Director David Robertson who performed the role of chansonnier in H. K. Gruber’s Frankenstein!!. The 2013-14 season saw his return to the Atlanta and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, as well as his debuts with the Syracuse Symphoria, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the Naples Philharmonic with Lang Lang as soloist. Other recent engagements include the Houston, Québec, and Dallas Symphonies, as well as numerous engagements with the Saint Louis Symphony where he served as a regular guest conductor on the orchestra’s 2012-13 Family, Special Event and Subscription series.

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