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[vc_row][vc_column][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Philip Kuttner – Music Director” spacer=”line_with_icon” line_height=”1″ icon=”Defaults-music” icon_size=”70″ icon_color=”#be1e2d”][/ultimate_heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Philip Kuttner joins Island City Opera as Music Director for our 2017 Season Productions of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Massenet’s Don Quixote.

Philip was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in New Haven, Connecticut. He began to play piano when he was five years old and to accompany opera rehearsals when he was 16.

Kuttner studied music theory and history at Harvard, piano with Leon Fleisher at Peabody Conservatory, and conducting with David Ramadanoff at San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux School in Maine.

He was an assistant conductor for three years at San Francisco Opera, and has written 42 original supertitle scripts for that company.

Maestro Kuttner has conducted two dozen productions as Music Director for North Bay Opera in Fairfield, including Mozart’s The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Don Pasquale, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Macbeth, La Traviata, and Falstaff, Bizet’s Carmen, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Tosca, La Bohème, and Gianni Schicchi, and Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe. He has guest conducted several operas for Berkeley Opera, most notably Berlioz’s Beatrice and Benedict and Copland’s The Tender Land.

Kuttner maintains an active vocal coaching studio in San Francisco and enjoys playing chamber music.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”817″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][/vc_row]