Robert Spano has been the music director for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2001. He has conducted for such opera companies as Royal Opera Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, among others. He conducted John Adams’ Dr. Atomic in Chicago, Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar at the Barbican, and Britten’s Albert Herring in Aspen. In 2000, he made his Seattle Opera debut with Britten’s Billy Budd, and returned to the company to conduct the 2005 Ring. With Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Spano has a discography of nine critically acclaimed recordings which have won six Grammy awards. The ensemble has also appeared at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Ojai Festival in Los Angeles. The former music director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic and Musical America’s 2008 Conductor of the Year, Spano has also led the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Philadelphia Orchestra. Overseas, he has led the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, and the New Japan Philharmonic.