Opera Workshop, Tri-Cities Opera
Vlad Iftinca is currently part of the 2015-2016 Metropolitan Opera assistant conductor roster. Between 2007-2014, he held the position of staff coach in the Lindemann Young Artists Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera. Born in Romania, he received his primary education at the Reina Sofia School of Music in Madrid. He pursued graduate studies at the Mannes College for Music and The Juilliard School. Mr. Iftinca has collaborated in recital with distinguished artists such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Deborah Voigt, Thomas Hampson, Hei Kyung Hong, Luca Pisaroni, Joan Rodgers, Isabel Leonard, Erin Morley, Elza van der Heever and Shenyang. Recital and chamber music appearances include Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Max Joseph Saal in Munich, Palau des Arts in Valencia, Soirées Musicales d'Arles in France, the 2011 Beijing Music Festival, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Carnegie Hall "Great Singers" Recital Series, Alice Tully Hall, Los Angeles Opera, the Seoul Performing Arts Center, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the "Virtuoso Series" in Salt Lake City, and the Ravinia Festival's "Rising Stars" recital series. At the Metropolitan Opera he has worked under conductors such as James Levine, Sir Andrew Davis, Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Maurizio Benini, David Robertson and Marco Armiliato. Mr. Iftinca has been part of the music staff at the Renata Scotto Opera Academy in Westchester, New York, and he collaborated with "Regina Resnik Presents" performing in San Francisco and New York. Recent performances include recitals in Minnesota and Boston with baritone Thomas Hampson. As a conductor, last season he has led performances A Midsummer Night's Dream by Benjamin Britten in St.Johns, Canada and a new production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor in Iasi, Romania under the regie of Andrei Serban. Future engagements include master classes in Dallas and Mexico City, recitals in New York, Boston and Frankfurt, Germany, and conducting a new production of Britten's Turn of the Screw during the 2015 Opera on the Avalon Festival in Newfoundland, Canada.