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Heralded as the “…embodiment of classical clarity” (Minnesota Star Tribune), Aaron Breid is rapidly garnering acclaim as an operatic and symphonic conductor. His precise and passionate leadership have distinguished him as a sought-after guest conductor and an integral collaborator on large scale opera productions. 

Highlights among recent guest conductor engagements include Virginia Symphony (debut),  Opera Santa Barbara (Roméo et Juliette), Omaha Symphony (Music Mentors), Minnesota Opera (Resident Artist Program 20th Anniversary), and Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers (Scheherazade).

Currently in his third season as Cover Conductor for Washington National Opera, Breid will return in 2020 to cover Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila. Known for his contributions to the German and French grand repertoire, he has recently covered performances of Wozzeck (Des Moines Metro Opera), Faust (Washington National Opera), Samson et Dalila (North Carolina Opera), Arabella (Minnesota Opera), Elektra (Des Moines Metro Opera), Der Freischütz (Virginia Opera), and will return to North Carolina Opera for Siegfried Act III in concert (2019).

Breid has stepped in to conduct more than a dozen performances of Turandot, Carmen, Il trovatore, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Così fan tutte, and The Ballad of Baby Doe with Minnesota Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Omaha, and Virginia Opera. 

Past seasons have seen Breid collaborate in productions with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Sarasota Opera, Brevard Music Festival; symphony highlights have included performances with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Ithaca College Orchestra, Heartland Philharmonic, UNO Chamber Orchestra, Ocala Symphony, Golden Valley Symphony, Edina Chorale and Orchestra, and a collaboration with Charlotte Symphony.


Professional Positions:
Washington National Opera: Cover Conductor (2017-current)
Central City Opera: Associate Conductor (2016-2018)
Des Moines Metro Opera: Associate Conductor (2013-2014, 2019)
North Carolina Opera: Cover Conductor (2018-2019)
Virginia Opera: Assistant/Cover Conductor (2015-2017)
Charlotte Symphony: Cover Conductor (2016)
Sarasota Opera: Assistant/Cover Conductor (2016) 
San Francisco Opera: Merola Opera Program (2015)
Minnesota Opera: Assistant/Cover Conductor (2011-2014)
Brevard Music Center: Assistant Conductor/Coach (2012)

Guest Conducting:
Opera Santa Barbara (2016, 2020)
Virginia Symphony (2019)
Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers (2018) 
Omaha Symphony (2017)
Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra (2017, 2018)
UNO Chamber Orchestra (2017, 2018)
Opera Omaha (2016)
Golden Valley Orchestra (2015)
Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra (2014)
Ocala Symphony Orchestra (2012)
Edina Chorale (2012)
Bulgarian State Opera (2011)
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (2010)