Following in the footsteps of his teacher Leonard Bernstein, Steven Mercurio has become an internationally acclaimed conductor and composer whose versatility has made him a sought-after collaborator for many award-winning recordings, broadcasts, arrangements, and film projects.
Over the last 30 years, Mercurio has served in a range of resident conducting and composer-in-residence roles for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. Concurrent to his role as Principal Conductor for the Opera Company of Philadelphia (1990–1997), Mercurio served as Music Director of the Spoleto Festival (1993–1997), working alongside Gian Carlo Menotti. He has conducted over 60 opera productions for Teatro dell’Opera (Rome), Theatre de la Monnaie (Brussels), Bonn Opera, the English National Opera as well as the US opera companies of San Francisco, Washington, Philadelphia, Seattle, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Dallas and Cincinnati, among many others. Mercurio’s symphonic appearances have included the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of Vienna, Sydney, Tokyo, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Sacramento, and San Diego.
Maestro Mercurio’s telecast experience includes the “Christmas in Vienna” series with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He conducted the now-classic PBS special American Dream – Andrea Bocelli’s Statue of Liberty Concert with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Mercurio played a role in creating the stage show and conducting the worldwide tour and DVD performances of Sting’s Symphonicities and Live from Berlin with the Royal Philharmonic. Internationally, he has conducted numerous opera and concert performance broadcasts on the Italian RAI network, including the Christmas from the Church of San Francesco in Assisi for seven consecutive seasons.
Maestro Mercurio’s recording credits include Strauss’s Tod und Verklarung and Metamorphosen, Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, and Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana on various labels. Other projects include his own original recording Many Voices, Christmas in Vienna with the Three Tenors for CD and home video, and a Grammy Award-winning CD with Chick Corea.
For the screen, Maestro Mercurio has conducted many Hollywood blockbusters including Heat, Batman and Robin, Sphere, Titus, and the Academy Award-winning Frida, directed by Julie Taymor.
In addition to his conducting career, Mercurio maintains an active practice as a composer and arranger. World premieres of his original works have been given by the New York and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestras. Mercurio’s arrangements have been performed by some of the best performers in the industry, including Andrea Bocelli, Plácido Domingo, Fabio Armiliato, Carl Tanner, Ben Heppner, Bryn Terfel, Marcello Giordani, Angela Gheorghiu, and Sting.