Alumni Update: John Spencer IV

    Maestro Spencer has joined Theater Kiel in Germany for the 2018-2019 season with the impressive title “Solorepetiteur mi Dirigierverpflichtung” (repetiteur with conducting duties).  John’s work with dell’Arte goes back several years to working as a rehearsal pianist several years ago, followed soon after with his conducting debut in 2013 leading a performance of La clemenza di Tito. Later assignments with the company included leading productions of  Le nozze di Figaro and La traviata.  Maestro Spencer made his Sarasota conducting debut in 2017 in Bizet’s Carmen, gaining critical acclaim for “brilliant” and “dynamite” performances.  He has also served as associate/cover conductor at Des Moines Metro Opera (Britten’s Billy Budd, and Jonathan Dove’s Flight) and led Don Carlo with Vocal Productions NYC.