Dean Williamson is the artistic director of Opera Cleveland, where he has conducted Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro, Verdi’s Falstaff, Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Puccini’s Bohème, and Rossini’s Barber of Seville. Prior to joining Opera Cleveland, Williamson was the principal coach and pianist for Seattle Opera for 12 years and music director of the company’s Young Artists Program for five years, conducting all of the program’s productions from 1999 to 2007. He made his mainstage conducting debut at Seattle Opera with Offenbach’s Contes d’Hoffmann and returned last season for Le nozze di Figaro. In 2011, he will conduct The Barber of Seville. Williamson has conducted Don Giovanni at Opera Colorado and Spokane Opera, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at Minnesota Opera, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Rossini’s Barber of Seville at Wolf Trap Opera, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at the Opera Festival of New Jersey, Puccini’s Bohème at Washington East Opera, and Bizet’s Carmen at Rimrock Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Other credits include Don Pasquale for San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, Rossini’s Italiana in Algeri at Boston Lyric Opera, Verdi’s Traviata at Washington East Opera, and Stephen Sondheim’s Passion at Minnesota Opera.