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American conductor Michael Rossi was recently appointed music director of the Siena Music Festival in Italy, where he will conduct the festival’s orchestra throughout the summer as well as a production of Falstaff. He made his WNO debut conducting the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Performance of The Marriage of Figaro (2010) and is an alumnus of WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program (2008-10), having been selected for the program by Plácido Domingo. He made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting the premiere of Marcos Galvany’s opera Oh My Son with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. Engagements during the 2012-13 season include season-opening concerts with the Charleston Symphony, his debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Oh My Son in a premiere performance at the Vatican, as well as assignments as cover conductor for the Philadelphia Orchestra. He made his international debut conducting Plácido Domingo and the Chinese National Opera Orchestra in Beijing in a live television broadcast. He then made his Strathmore Hall debut in a concert with the WNO Orchestra. He also led the WNO Orchestra for the first NEA Opera Honors, which was broadcast live on NPR. He was awarded a fellowship to the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen in 2009 and 2010 where he studied with David Zinman, Robert Spano, Hugh Wolff, and Larry Rachleff. He was selected by Kurt Masur to participate in the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar at the Manhattan School of Music in both 2010 and 2012. He is following the path of many conductors who began their careers first as instrumentalists; at the age of 22, he took the seat of Second Trumpet in the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.