Conductor Benjamin Manis joined HGO as Resident Conductor in September 2019. This season with HGO, he will also conduct performances of Romeo and Juliet and The Snowy Day. Recent performances at HGO include Rigoletto, El Milagro del Recuerdo, the 2020 world premiere of Marian’s Song, and the subsequent HGO Digital filmed version and Miller Outdoor Theatre performances of the same work. Manis has served as cover conductor for the St. Louis and Dallas Symphonies, working with conductors David Robertson and Stéphane Denève, and was a winner of the 2019 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award. Winner of the Aspen Conducting Prize, he returned to the Aspen Music Festival in summer 2021 for the fourth consecutive year. Manis has a Master of Music degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with Larry Rachleff.