International Wagner Competition
Asher Fisch, Conductor
A native of Jerusalem, Asher Fisch served as the music director of Israeli Opera for eleven years. Maestro Fisch made his U.S. debut in 1995 conducting Wagner’s Fliegende Holländer at Los Angeles Opera, an opera he conducted for Seattle in 2007. Since his U.S. debut, Fisch has conducted many operas in this country, including appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Houston Grand Opera. Maestro Fisch’s many European engagements include conducting for Bayerische Staatsoper, Royal Danish Opera, and Paris Opéra- Bastille. In 2008 he makes his debut at Teatro alla Scala. He also has conducted the Munich Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, Orchestre National de France, Japan’s NHK Symphony, and such leading North American orchestras as Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. An accomplished pianist, Fisch has conducted Mozart piano concertos and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue from the keyboard as well as performed in chamber concerts and vocal recitals. Fisch made his Seattle Opera debut with Wagner’s Parsifal in 2003. He returned to Seattle for Wagner’s Lohengrin in 2004 and won 2006/07 Seattle Opera Artist of the Year award for his work on Richard Strauss’s Rosenkavalier and the company’s first International Wagner Competition. At the beginning of this season, Fisch was named Principal Guest Conductor at Seattle Opera. In August 2008, Fisch will conduct Seattle Opera’s International Wagner Competition and also perform in recital with Ben Heppner at McCaw Hall.