William Todd Hunt
Artistic Director, conductor

Acclaimed for the absolute artistic transport of his conducting work, William Todd Hunt was born in Louisville, Kentucky.

Newly appointed Artistic Director of Alaska's Opera to Go, as well as Conductor of the Juneau Lyric Opera and the Juneau Symphony Chorus, Mr. Hunt has also appeared with the Northern Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, the Kling Chamber Orchestra (Louisville, KY), Indiana University Chamber Opera, and the Juneau Symphony. He served as Assistant Conductor at Indiana University Opera Theatre, University of Louisville Opera Theatre, Music Theatre Louisville and the Evansville Philharmonic where he has worked with conductors Arpád Jóo, Alfred Savia, Imre Palló and David Harman, among others. Mr. Hunt served as co-founder and Music Director for Ardo Opera (Bloomington, IN), where he produced and conducted several productions, notably at the Bloomington Early Music Festival.

Mr. Hunt holds a Masters Degree in Conducting from Indiana University where he studied under Imre Palló and Thomas Baldner and a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance (Woodwinds) from the University of Louisville (KY). He has participated in masterclasses, seminars, and lessons in America under the guidance of such auspicious conductors as Kurt Masur, Stephen Schwartz, Raffi Armenian and Lawrence Leighton Smith. After leaving Indiana University he continued his studies in Europe where he worked with Jorma Panula, Kirk Trevor, Johannes Schlaefli, Mariusz Smolij, and Tomaš Koutnik. His conducting career began during his undergraduate years by leading performances of his own compositions. With time, conducting displaced composition and instrumental performance as the central essence of his musicality. He then turned his focus exclusively on conducting 20th century music, especially the works of student composers in both Louisville and Bloomington. Since that time, he has been an avid supporter of new music and its place in the constant vitalization of the musical arts. Recently Mr. Hunt has lead performances of new works with the new music group CrossSound.

Although presently focused on operatic work, he is equally at ease with symphonic orchestral conducting. Recently Mr. Hunt was in the conducting competition sponsored by the Hungarian Television where he conducted the Northern Hungarian Symphony Orchestra in performance. He has also conducted the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic in both Kroměříž and Zlín, Czech Republic.

11/12 Rusalka
10/11 L'elisir d'amore
09/10 Le Nozze di Figaro
09/10 Chordas O. Henry in Opera
08/09 Trittico
07/08 Opera Spotlight
Dido and Æneas
06/07 Arctic Magic Flute
05/06 Don Giovanni
04/05 Don Pasquale
03/04 L'enfant et les sortilèges
02/03 Turn of the Screw
01/02 Madama Butterfly