David Agler is artistic director of Wexford Festival Opera, Ireland. He has served as artistic director for Opera Festival of New Jersey, Music Director of Vancouver Opera, principal conductor of Australian Opera, resident conductor of San Francisco Opera, principal guest conductor of Oper der Stadt Köln, conductor and administrator of Spoleto Festival, and music director of Syracuse Opera.
Notable guest conducting engagements include productions with the Wexford Festival Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Netherlands Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Theater of St. Louis, New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, l’Opéra de Montréal, Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, and Opera Company of Philadelphia.
As a symphonic conductor, he has led concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony, National Arts Centre (Ottawa) Orchestra, CBC Radio Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Symphony, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Chamber Symphony.
He recently conducted the U.S. première of a chamber orchestra version of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck. In November, 2003 he conducted a newly-revised version of Ned Rorem’s opera Miss Julie.
As music director in Vancouver, Mr. Agler earned special acclaim for productions of repertoire from the twentieth century, including Peter Grimes, The Makropolous Case, The Dialogues of the Carmelites, Jenufa, Bluebeard’s Castle, Erwartung and the Canadian première of Susannah.
As principal conductor of the Australian Opera, Mr. Agler conducted new productions of Un Ballo in Maschera, Carmen, Peter Grimes, The Turn of the Screw, L’Incoronazione di Poppea, and The Rake’s Progress, in addition to numerous revivals. He also headed the establishment of the Young Artist Centre at the Australian Opera.
Notable accomplishments during his tenure in San Francisco were the formation of a new orchestra for the opera and the development of the San Francisco Opera Center and the American Opera Project. For a time, he was director of the EXXON/Affiliate Artists Program. He also conducted the world premieres of John Harbison’s Winter’s Tale, Kirk Mecham’s Tartuffe, and the American première of Tippett’s Midsummer Marriage, and new productions of The Rake’s Progress, L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Pique Dame, Death in Venice, and Elegy for Young Lovers.