Neal Goren is the Artistic Director and Conductor of Gotham Chamber Opera in New York City. In addition, he is a frequent guest conductor active throughout North American and Europe. Notable appearances include Respighi's La bella dormente nel bosco for the Lincoln Center Festival and Spoleto Festival USA, New York City Opera conducting their revival of The Magic Flute, and with Opera de Nantes and Angers, France for The Turn of the Screw. He also attracted critical and popular notice for his performances of Krasa’s Brundibar for the City University of New York.
As Artistic Director of Gotham Chamber Opera, he has conducted critically acclaimed productions of Haydn’s Il Mondo della Luna, Mozart's Il sogno di Scipione, Milhaud's Les Malheurs d'Orphée, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (with period instruments), Martinu's Hlas lesa and Les Larmes du Couteau, Sutermeister's Die schwarze Spinne, Handel's Arianna in Creta, and Il Signor Bruschino for the company. Last season, he displayed his skill as an innovative programmer, leading productions of Astor Piazzola’s tango operetta Maria de Buenos Aires in coordination with the David Parson Dance Company, Scenes from Gypsy Life featuring music by Jana_ek and Dvorak, and Ariadne Unhinged featuring music by Monteverdi, Haydn, and Schoenberg. He began the current season with a highly successful production of Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters, a joint venture with Music Theater Group which will be seen later this season at the Opera Company of Philadephia. Last spring, the company revived Il sogno di Scipione. This spring, he will conduct Daniel Catan’s Rappacini’s Daughter.
As a recital accompanist, Neil Goren has collaborated with a number of opera’s leading singers, including Leontyne Price (as her exclusive musical collaborator), Kathleen Battle, Harolyn Blackwell, Haken Hagegard, Thomas Hampson, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Aprile Millo, Hermann Prey and others. He has been a member of the faculty of the graduate opera department of the Mannes College of Music since 1992, the Accademia Rossiana in Pesaro, Italy and the Harlem School of the Arts. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation from 1991-2003.
Mr. Goren is a graduate of Reed College, where he earned his B.A. He continued his musical studies on a fellowship from the Watson Foundation, and studied for two years in London with Jacqueline du Pré and Geoffrey Parsons. He has studied conducting Marcia LaReau, piano with Irwin Freunlich and Joan Brown, and attended Interlochen Arts Academy, the North Carolina School of the Arts, Oregon Episcopal School.