Martin Wright

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Martin Wright was born in 1955 in Murtaugh, Idaho. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in music performance, following which he earned his Master of Music degree in 1981 from the University of Arizona.

Throughout his career he filled various directorships and worked in Europe and America. From 1984-1997 Wright was the chorus master of San Diego Opera, during which time he also covered for ailing baritones and tenors. He served as both assistant to the artistic director and as chorus master for the Arizona Opera from 1982-1983. He then served as music director of the San Diego Master Chorale from 2002-2006.

His teaching career includes positions at the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts (1983), Music Academy of the West (1989), University of Arizona (1908-1981), and Brigham Young University (1973-1980).

Starting in the summer of 2012 Wright will take over as the chorus master for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He will replace Donald Nally, who has been the chorus master since May 2007.

Guest Conductor Career

The Netherlands Opera (2006-2012)

  • Tannhauser
  • Doctor Atomic
  • Boris Godunov
  • La Juive
  • Castor et Pollux
  • Les Troyens
  • Turandot
  • Saint Francois d'Assise

Lyric Opera San Diego (2000-2006)

  • Candid
  • The Barber of Seville
  • The Abduction from the Seraglio
  • Die Fledermaus
  • La cenerentola

Nevada Opera (2000-2003)

  • Don Giovanni
  • La traviata
  • Carmen
  • Die Fledermaus

Berlin Radio Choir (2001-2003)

  • The Bells
  • Stabat Mater
  • Romeo et Juliette
  • Parsifal
  • Gershwin program

Los Angeles Opera (1982-1983)

  • Otello
  • Les Contes d'Hoffmann

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