Staff

Eugene Opera is currently conducting a search for an Executive Director.

Andrew Bisantz, Music Director

Scott King, Production Manager and Orchestra Manager

Christina Lay, Office Manager

Sandy Naishtat, Bookkeeper

  • Andrew Bisantz, Music Director

    Mr. Bisantz has just completed his ninth season as Music Director of Eugene Opera, where he has served as principal conductor since the fall of 2008. He has conducted Eugene Opera’s productions of Orphée aux Enfers, Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Faust, La bohème, The Mikado, Carmen, Nixon in China, Pirates of Penzance, Dead Man Walking, La fanciulla del West, La traviata, L’elisir d’amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, Eugene Onegin, Little Women, and the gala Opera Trio (Aida Act 1, Dialogues des Carmélites Act 3, Die Fledermaus Act 2).

    For his début with Boston Lyric Opera leading The Turn of the Screw, the Boston Globe selected it as one of the ten top Boston classical music events of 2010, and The Boston Musical Intelligencer noted that “Conductor Andrew Bisantz led the small group of instrumentalists with skill and an impeccable ear for balance…in those instances when the players were the focal point, especially the interludes that fall between each scene, the musicianship was effective and inspired.” He subsequently returned for acclaimed productions of Tosca and Madama Butterfly.

    In 2014-15, Maestro Bisantz conducted L’elisir d’amore for Eugene Opera, La traviata for Virginia Opera, Rigoletto for Tri-Cities Opera (both company débuts), and Menotti’s The Consul at Florida Grand Opera.  In addition, he conducted and served as conductor for the world première of Jan Jirásek’s musical dramatic work R.U.R. aneb Roboti podle Čapka (Robots According to Čapka) with the Státní opera Praha in Prague.

    Notable engagements from the past few seasons included returns to Florida Grand Opera for Rigoletto and Die ZauberflöteA Midsummer Night’s Dream and Turn of the Screw at McGill University; and his début with Wolf Trap Opera conducting Don Giovanni.  He also conducted Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra under the famed Hatch Shell; and was soloist and conductor for sold-out performances of Rhapsody in Blue with Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Bisantz has also appeared with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, and the Virginia Symphony.

    He made his European début conducting symphonic concerts with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto in Porto, Portugal, and March 2010, conducted a concert of Bomtempo’s Requiem with the OSP and the Coro Casa da Música, which was broadcast live. He also twice appeared at the Brevard Music Center, conducting L’elisir d’amore and La bohème for the Janiec Opera Company.

    Mr. Bisantz previously served as Associate Conductor of Florida Grand Opera. He made his FGO main stage début in the 2005-06 season, conducting Carmen for the company’s historic final performances at Miami-Dade County Auditorium. With FGO, he also conducted Suor Angelica, Pagliacci, La Cenerentola, La bohème, Don Giovanni, and Manon Lescaut. He was named the Henry C. Clark Conductor of FGO’s 2006-07 Season.

    Additional positions held include Assistant Conductor at Glimmerglass Opera, where he conducted Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience and Massenet’s Le portrait de Manon (broadcast on NPR’s World of Opera); Apprentice Conductor and Associate Producer of the Buffalo Philharmonic National Public Radio broadcasts; Music Director of the Florida International University Opera Theatre; and faculty member of VOICExperience and the Savannah Voice Festival, a summer voice program created by legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes and soprano Maria Zouves.

  • Scott King

    Scott King, Production Manager

    Scott King joined the Eugene Opera as 2nd Horn in 2003. He became Music Librarian in 2008, Orchestra Manager in 2009 and Production Manager in 2015. An avid Hornist, Scott has appeared as a soloist with numerous ensembles, most recently the Newport Symphony where he also serves as Principal Horn. In addition to his private horn studio, Scott is also a performance coach, helping performers and presenters address performance anxiety issues. Dr. King holds degrees from New England Conservatory, Ohio University and the University of Oregon.