Joseph Mechavich is principal conductor of Kentucky Opera. He has presided over productions for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Auckland Philharmonia/New Zealand Opera, Washington National Opera, New York City Opera, Arizona Opera, Calgary Opera, Dayton Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Madison Opera, Opera Saratoga, Tulsa Opera, Utah Opera, and Virginia Opera; and at the Aspen Music Festival, New England Conservatory of Music, and Oberlin Opera Theatre.
Mr. Mechavich is also known for his deep commitment to American opera. He has conducted productions of Nixon in China by John Adams; Susannah, Wuthering Heights, Of Mice and Men, and Cold Sassy Tree by Carlisle Floyd; and Moby-Dick, Great Scott, Out of Darkness, and Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie.
On the concert stage, Maestro Mechavich has appeared with the Florida and Sarasota orchestras; the Naples and Orlando philharmonics; the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra; and the Hartford, Virginia, and Waterbury symphonies
Mr. Mechavich has held the positions of principal conductor for Opera Birmingham, director of music for Orlando Opera, and cover conductor for the Santa Fe Opera. He studied at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the Yale University School of Music.