Philip Morehead, Conductor, recently retired as Head of Music Staff of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Ryan Opera Center, a position he had held since 1991. His previous positions at Lyric have included Music Administrator, Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor. In recent years Mr. Morehead was cover conductor at Lyric Opera for Die Meistersinger, Jenůfa, Der fliegende Holländer, Sweeney Todd, Billy Budd and many others. He conducted regular season performances of Die Fledermaus, Un ballo in maschera and The Mikado and the premiere production of Anthony Davis’s Amistad and student performances of La Traviata, The Cunning Little Vixen, Carmen, Die Zauberflöte and Pagliacci. During the 2010-11 season Mr. Morehead conducted performances of Un ballo in maschera (with Sondra Radvanovsky, Frank Lopardo, and Mark Delavan), The Mikado (with James Morris, Stephanie Blythe, Neal Davies, Andriana Chuchman, and Andrew Shore), and Carmen (with Katharine Goeldner and Richard Cox). In January 2015 he conducted the first edition of Lyric Unlimited’s The Magic Victrola, a program introducing young children to opera with excerpts sung by members of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. In addition to repertoire coaching and work in preparation of Lyric Opera and Ryan Opera Center productions, he conducted performances of Rossini’s La Cenerentola for the Center.
Mr. Morehead is also a free-lance conductor, coach, pianist, and harpsichordist. In the summer of 2008 Mr. Morehead conducted Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Lyrique-en-Mer Festival on Belle-Ile, France, and returned to the Festival the summer of 2011 to conduct L’elisir d’amore. He conducted Boulez’ Improvisations sur Malarmé for the Contemporary Chamber Players at The University of Chicago and Gounod’s Faust at Illinois State University. Mr. Morehead has given vocal master classes in conjunction with Elgin Opera, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Longy School of Bard College, and has been a member of the faculty of the Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy. He is a music consultant with the Highlands Opera Studio in Haliburton, Ontario, Canada, for which he has conducted performances of Gounod’s Faust and Mozart’s Così fan tutte. He is also a member of the Muskoka Big Band and the Loft Singers. Mr. Morehead has been a board member of the Conductors’ Guild and the awards panel of the Solti Foundation U.S.