Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson Artistic Director
Andreas Mitisek is Artistic and General Director of Long Beach Opera (since 2003) and the Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson Artistic Director of Chicago Opera Theater (since 2012). He is the driving force behind every new COT concept and production. He creates the vision for each production and reaches out to artists to shape each work.
He is conductor, stage director and designer of many LBO productions. His site-specific productions in parking garages, swimming pools, night clubs, warehouses and the Port of Los Angeles have become a successful hallmark of LBO. Andreas Mitisek became LBO's principal conductor in 1998 and Artistic and General Director in 2004. Under Mitisek’s leadership, LBO grew from 2 to 5 operas per season, and the supporting operating budget has expanded from $430,000 in 2003, to $1,5M in 2013, season subscriptions have increased by over 500%. By exploring unorthodox venues, he has been able to attract new audiences for opera and uphold LBO’s artistic vision by presenting 20th century and rare works.
He has been named by Opera News as one of the 25 people that will be a major force in the field of opera in the coming decade. Mitisek was names LA Tastemaker by LA Times Magazine in 2009, Arts Leader of the Year by the Long Beach Arts Council in 2009 and was highlighted as one of the “2012 People” by LA WEEKLY. In 2014 he was awarded "Chicagoan of the Year in Classical Music" by the Chicago Tribune for his work with COT.
A native of Austria, he served as Music Director of the Wiener Operntheater from 1990 – 1997, the foremost contemporary opera company in Austria. Mr. Mitisek has conducted at the Wiener Volksoper, the Komische Oper in Berlin, the festival "Wien Modern", the Wiener Konzerthaus and Musikverein, and others. He is also sought after as a guest conductor in North America, leading productions for the Seattle Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Vancouver Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, Opera Theatre of St. Louis amongst others.
Mitisek's Recent COT credits: stage director/production designer for The Love Potion, stage director/production designer for Lucio Silla, conductor, stage director and production designer for Thérèse Raquin, conductor for Maria de Buenos Aires, and conductor for The Fall of the House of Usher.
Coming up next Mitisek will be the director/production designer for The Love Potion opening Sept. 30, 2016.