Conductor Eugene Kohn was immersed in opera at a very young age, accompanying the vocal classes of Giovanni Martinelli and Maria Jeritza. He became a full time conducting student of Fausto Cleva, and in the early 1970's began performing in public as recital accompanist to some of opera's greatest stars: Renata Tebaldi, Giuseppe DiStefano, Franco Corelli, Maria Callas, and the young Luciano Pavarotti.
By the mid 1970's Kohn was conducting performances of opera in small companies, which led to James Levine inviting him to the Metropolitan Opera in 1980 where he debuted in La Gioconda with Renata Scotto and was subsequently engaged for several different productions. Having the opportunity to deepen his study with Erich Leinsdorf, Mo. Kohn began performing the central European symphonic repertoire with regional orchestras.