Conductor and pianist Timothy Long discovered his love of opera 28 years ago at the Aspen Music Festival. Growing up in Oklahoma playing piano and then the violin, among many other instruments, it was at Aspen that he fell in love with the music [of opera] and the energy of the people.
Currently the Director of Opera at Eastman School of Music, Tim’s musical career has taken him around the world. After working on Thomas Adès’s , Powder Her Face, Tim was named by Robert Spano to be his assistant conductor at the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He was subsequently named an associate conductor at the New York City Opera which led to engagements with companies such as Boston Lyric Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Colorado, Utah Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, The Juilliard School, Yale Opera, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and the Oregon Bach Festival. Tim has also performed as a pianist and harpsichordist at venues internationally.
Recently, he conducted the world premiere and tour of Missing which he credits as one of his dream projects. Missing by Marie Clements (libretto) and Brian Current (music) is an opera about the 3,000 missing Indigenous women in Canada. Tim conducted the opera at Pacific Opera Victoria, the Regina Symphony Orchestra, and the Prince George Symphony Orchestra. He hopes to be able to bring this opera to a broader audience in the US and worldwide. As an artist of Muscogee Creek (Thlopthlocco Tribal Town) and Choctaw descent working in opera, he wants people to know that “it is possible for a Native American person to survive this world.”
Keeping busy during the pandemic, Tim is working on a live-streamed talk show and podcast called Unequal Temperament about race and music. Adding to a growing catalog of recordings, he’s working on a recording featuring music of Mason Bates, Greg Spears, and Missy Mazzoli.
Stay connected to Tim’s upcoming work at https://timothylongmusic.com/.