Diploma, Theory, Conducting and Piano, Leningrad State Conservatory
B.M., Theory, Mannes College of Music
M.M., Accompanying and Vocal Accompanying, The Juilliard School.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valéry Ryvkin has become one of most respected opera conductors in the United States. During his tenure as Artistic Director of Opera Santa Barbara, Ryvkin developed the company into one of the country’s premier regional opera houses. He produced and conducted several festival opera seasons, launched the company’s Young Artist Program, and conducted the World Premiere of composer Stephen Schwartz’s first opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon” which was commissioned by Opera Santa Barbara. This past fall Ryvkin was the cover conductor for Placido Domingo at the Los Angeles Opera’s production of Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette. He has also guest conducted at the Chicago Lyric Opera and San Francisco Opera. Ryvkin has been a member of the conducting staff of the Metropolitan Opera and is currently Artistic Director of the Greensboro Opera of North Carolina.
Ryvkin has performed throughout the United States and in Europe. He conducted Tchaikovsky’s Maid of Orleans at Theater Erfurt in Germany, and gave recitals in Zagreb, Croatia. Among his many engagements in the United States, Ryvkin has conducted productions of Aida, Boris Godunov and Die Fledermaus for the San Diego Opera, La Traviata and Barber of Seville for the Portland Opera, Tosca and Madama Butterfly for The New Jersey Opera, Don Pasquale for Kansas City Lyric Opera, Cosi fan Tutte for Austin Lyric Opera, Hansel and Gretel and Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night for Sarasota Opera and Otello and Macbeth for the Fresno Opera.
Since 1999 Mr. Ryvkin served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Opera Santa Barbara.