Richard Cordova made his professional debut in 1977 conducting the Scandinavian Premiere of Bernstein’s Candide in Bergen, Norway, and has subsequently conducted productions for Oper der Stadt Bonn, Opera North (New Hampshire), Sarasota Opera, Opera Company of Boston, Long Beach Opera, Berkshire Opera, Florida Grand Opera and Baltimore Opera. As an accompanist and coach he has collaborated with such artists as Martina Arroyo, Frederica von Stade, Renato Bruson, Florence Quivar and Julia Migenes, and has worked in this capacity for such organizations as the Istanbul Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Tulsa Opera, New Orleans Opera, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Dallas Opera, Chautauqua Opera, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and Florida Grand Opera. Richard has also served on the music staffs of both the Manhattan School of Music and Westminster Choir College. For the past eighteen years he has toured internationally with various productions of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, conducting the work on four continents. He continues a ten-year association with the Sarasota Opera, having held various titles with the organization including that of Program and Music Director for the Studio Artists. This upcoming spring, he will serve as conductor for the New York stage premiere of Mozart’s early opera seria, Mitridate, re di Ponto with The Little Opera Theatre of New York.