Now in his third season as music director of Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers, Clinton Smith also continues as artistic director and principal conductor of the St. Cloud Symphony and maintains a position on the music staff of Santa Fe Opera, where he most recently served as cover conductor for Mozart’s La finta giardiniera and played continuo at the fortepiano for all performances. This fall, he conducts Skagit Opera’s production of Hansel und Gretel. During the 2014–15 season, he returned to Santa Fe Opera to cover-conduct and prepare performances of Beethoven’s Fidelio and the North American premiere of Huang Ruo’s Dr. Sun Yat-sen, guest-conducted Baldwin Wallace University’s production of La finta giardiniera, and returned to Juilliard to cover-conduct performances of Le nozze di Figaro.
Recently, Clinton conducted the University of Michigan Opera Theater’s production of Il barbieri di Siviglia, was cover conductor for Juilliard Opera’s production of The Cunning Little Vixen and Portland Opera’s Don Giovanni, and served on the music staff for Kentucky Opera’s Don Giovanni and Ash Lawn Opera’s productions of Gianni Schicchi, Die Zauberflöte and The Music Man. Other recent posts include assistant conductor and chorus master for San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program (Il barbiere di Siviglia), assistant conductor for Glimmerglass Opera’s productions of Tolomeo and The Tender Land, conductor of Madama Butterfly at Hamline University and Mademoiselle Modiste for Skylark Opera, music director of Western Ontario University’s Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, and guest coach at the National University of Taiwan.
For four seasons, Minnesota Opera engaged Clinton as cover conductor and chorus master, where he led main stage performances of La traviata and Madama Butterfly and covered the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Opera Orchestra in over 20 productions. During 2011, Clinton conducted a workshop and prepared the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ opera Silent Night, which subsequently won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music. For Minnesota Opera’s New Works Initiative, and as an avid fan of new music, Clinton prepared workshops of Douglas J. Cuomo’s Doubt, Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Garden of the Finzi-Continis and the North American premiere of Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio, as well as Dominick Argento’s Casanova’s Homecoming and Bernard Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights. With the St. Cloud Symphony’s Young Composer’s Competition and the OSSCS Composer Competition, Clinton premieres new works every season.
Previous positions include music director and conductor of the Franco-American Vocal Academy in France (La Périchole, La vie parisienne, La belle Hélène), the Austrian-American Mozart Academy in Salzburg (Le nozze di Figaro, Der Schauspieldirektor, Bastien und Bastienne, Die Zauberflöte) and the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra. Clinton has also served as assistant conductor for the Austin Symphony, International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy, the University of Michigan Opera Theater’s productions of La bohéme and The Bartered Bride, and the University of Michigan Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras, for which he covered the world premiere of Evan Chambers’ The Old Burying Ground at Carnegie Hall.
Last Updated: 2/28/17