“…He [Heggie] draws on an unusually wide range of sources, from shades of Philip Glass to echoes of John Williams. At times, the score (expertly conducted by Joseph Mechavich) sounded cinematic, which seems exactly the point of this production…”[Moby Dick] – San Diego Union Times
Regarded as a conductor of authority and warmth, Joseph Mechavich is known for his exceptional artistry and infectious energy which he brings to every performance as well as the personal and career-defining relationships he has forged with a number of opera companies and orchestras. Of his Nixon in China at San Diego Opera, Broadway World extolled “The expertise in 21st century operatic repertoire that conductor Joseph Mechavich demonstrated in 2012’s Moby-Dick has surely increased exponentially as portrayed in his rendering of John Adam’s complex score. Mechavich showed great command and sensitivity throughout, both controlling and supporting the orchestra in their task of performing parts that were most difficult and intricate.”
Maestro Mechavich presided over Jake Heggie’s highly acclaimed opera, Moby-Dick, for both San Diego Opera and Calgary Opera as well as productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia for The Washington National Opera, Porgy and Bess for Deutsche Oper Berlin and Roméo et Juliette for Florida Grand Opera. Engagements for the 2015-16 season include Heggie’s Great Scott for San Diego Opera, Nixon in China for Auckland Philharmonia, Florencia en el Amazonas for Arizona Opera, Turandot for Nashville Opera as well as both Macbeth and Showboat for Kentucky Opera.
Critical acclaim abounds for Maestro Mechavich: “But the real start here is Mechavich, who guided the orchestra and voices through Carlisle Floyd’s often tempestuous orchestrations [Wuthering Heights]. He and the orchestra painted wonderful sonic pictures, but always in the service of the story and drama.”(Milwaukee Magazine); “One of the best things about this production is the conducting of Joseph Mechavich, who led the proceedings superbly…You rarely here this score [Roméo et Juliette] with the kind of big-boned force with which Gounod wrote it, but Mechavich let it rip, with first rate results.” (Palm Beach Artspaper). In past seasons Maestro Mechavich has conducted highly recognized productions for Calgary Opera, Utah Opera, The Aspen Music Festival, Tulsa Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Dayton Opera, Madison Opera, New England Conservatory of Music, Oberlin Opera Theatre, Opera Saratoga and Virginia Opera.
On the concert stage, Maestro Mechavich has appeared with the Florida Orchestra, The Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Virginia Symphony and the Sarasota Orchestra.
In 2010, Maestro Mechavich was named Principal Conductor of Kentucky Opera. Previously, he held the position of Principal Conductor for Opera Birmingham from 2004-201 and Director of Music for Orlando Opera from 1998-2000. A native of Long Lake, Minnesota, he studied at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the Yale University School of Music.