John Spencer IV

John Spencer IV

Conductor and pianist John Spencer has already gained recognition by The New York Times for his 2014 dell’Arte Opera Ensemble performance of Salieri’s Falstaff.

Spencer made his conducting debut with dell’Arte, conducting a performance of La clemenza di Tito in 2013.  With the company he has also served as conductor of Le nozze di Figaro, and as assistant conductor and chorusmaster for productions of Carmen and Verdi’s Macbeth under Christopher Fecteau.

Spencer is also on staff as an assistant conductor of the Sarasota Opera, and has worked on productions including Aida, Turandot, Rigoletto, Un giorno di regno, Die Fledermaus, Il trovatore, Jerusalem, La battaglia di Legnano, La boheme, Pagliacci, Tosca, and Don Carlos with conductor, Victor DeRenzi.  During the summers, Spencer is a vocal coach for NYU’s Summer Classical Voice Institute, as well as Westminster Choir College’s Florence Voice Program in Italy.

Most recently, he conducted Verdi’s four act version of Don Carlo with Vocal Productions NYC, and conducts Verdi’s La traviata this season with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble.  Next season, he will return to Sarasota Opera to serve as assistant- and cover-conductor for Don Pasquale, Madama Butterfly, and L’amore dei tre re.