Conductor Benjamin Manis joins the roster
Opus 3 Artists is pleased to welcome American conductor Benjamin Manis to our roster for general management. Benjamin Manis joined the Utah Symphony as Associate Conductor in September 2022, leading the orchestra on tour as well as at Abravanel Hall and the Deer Valley Music Festival. Before moving to Salt Lake City, Mr. Manis spent three seasons as Resident Conductor of the Houston Grand Opera, making his debut with Verdi’s Rigoletto. He led four world premieres, among them the 2020 world premiere of Marian’s Song with the subsequent HGO Digital filmed version and Miller Outdoor Theatre performances of the same work. Mr. Manis returns to HGO in the 22/23 season to lead productions of Tosca and El Milagro del Recuerdo.
Winner of the 2022 and 2019 Solti Foundation US Career Assistance Awards, Mr. Manis has served as cover conductor for the St. Louis, Dallas, and National Symphonies, working with conductors Gianandrea Noseda, David Robertson, and Stéphane Denève. After winning the Aspen Conducting Prize, Mr. Manis was invited to returned to Aspen in the summer of 2021 as assistant conductor, where he conducted two programs with the Aspen Chamber Symphony.
Mr. Manis studied cello and conducting at the Colburn School, where he conducted outreach concerts in public schools across Los Angeles. A student of the late Larry Rachleff, he completed his Master of Music degree in 2019 at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.