Praised for his "artistic authority," "fluidity of expression," and "great delicacy of feeling," Michael Sakir has served as Music Director of Opera Memphis since August 2017. He also serves as Principal Guest Conductor with the Opera Company of Middlebury where he returns in the summer of 2019 to conduct Massenet's Cendrillon.
In the 2019-2020 season, Sakir makes his Seattle Opera debut conducting the West Coast premiere of Jerre Dye and Zachary Redler's The Falling and the Rising – a new opera co-commissioned with the U.S. Department of Defense and based on interviews with wounded veterans. Other recent guest conducting engagements include the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Orlando, Shreveport Opera, Intermountain Opera Bozeman, Eugene Opera, American Opera Projects, Opera in the Ozarks, Opera North (NH), and Northwestern University.
Sakir has held chorus master, assistant conductor, and coach positions for nearly three dozen productions with Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, among other companies.
Sakir holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Boston Conservatory. He was a participant in the 2017 OPERA America Leadership Intensive. He is a native of Northern California.