“….led by the polished conductor Louis Lohraseb, whose expressive, inviting gestures clearly inspired the players.”
“Rossini’s music, with its ever-shifting clockwork of tempos, soaring vocal lines, and mountainous crescendos, requires a cast of the most technically adroit singers…Conductor Louis Lohraseb…imbued the performance with patter perfection.”
SF Classical Voice
“Very luckily Louis Lohraseb, a recent alumnus of our young artists program, was pressed into service for his mainstage debut. Already with a list of impressive credits for someone so young it was apparent from his entrance into the pit that he’s also a favorite with the orchestra and he proved immediately why. The LA Opera Orchestra veritably erupted and sparkled under his sure-handed guidance. He made deft work of highlighting Puccini’s kaleidoscopic orchestrations and showed a keen understanding of the works musical architecture as well as providing excellent support for his singers. “
“…we dare say that the current revival under the skillful wand of the astonishingly young Louis Lohraseb and starring the powerful triumvirate of Angel Blue as Tosca, Michael Fabiano as Cavaradossi, and Ryan McKinny as Scarpia is even more thrilling than before.”
Since his professional debut at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in 2019, Louis Lohraseb has quickly established himself as an exciting new conductor on the international stage, with subsequent debuts at the Semperoper Dresden, Los Angeles Opera, and Komische Oper Berlin.
Following his mainstage debut conducting Tosca at Los Angeles Opera, Mr. Lohraseb was immediately re-engaged for Il Barbiere di Siviglia and La Traviata. Elsewhere in 2023-24, he debuts at Staatsoper Hamburg (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Atlanta Opera (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); and with the Peoria Symphony.
Recent seasons have included Semperoper Dresden (Carmen); Komische Oper Berlin (La Traviata); Opera Sarasota (Thérèse); La Rondine and Don Giovanni at Indiana University Opera Theatre; and gala concerts with Yale Opera and Summer Opera Tel Aviv.
An accomplished pianist, Mr. Lohraseb is a regular recital and chamber music partner collaborating with such artists as Erica Petrocelli, Liv Redpath, Charles Castronovo, Taylor Raven, Eric Silberger, Madalyn Parnas, and Cicely Parnas. He studied piano with Findlay Cockrell and Kevin Murphy, and harpsichord and theory with William Carragan.
Mr. Lohraseb was a recipient of the prestigious Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award in 2022, and he includes among his mentors Lorin Maazel, James Conlon, Arthur Fagen, and Kevin Murphy. An alumnus of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at the Los Angeles Opera, he has served as assistant conductor to music director James Conlon for numerous productions since 2017 at the Los Angeles Opera and the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Born to Iranian and Italian parents, Mr. Lohraseb was graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Geneseo, where he was an Edgar Fellow. He has been a Conducting Fellow at the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Shinik Hahm and served as assistant conductor to Peter Oundjian, John Adams, and Krzysztof Penderecki, among others; with additional post-graduate coursework at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.