Augusta Opera General Director and Principal Conductor Mark D. Flint has led the majority of orchestras in world-renowned opera houses and symphonies throughout the United States and Canada. A native of West Virginia, he previously served as Music Director and Principal Guest Conductor for the Michigan Opera Theatre, Music Director of San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theatre, and Artistic and Music Director of the Illinois Opera Theatre at the University of Illinois where he also acted as Chairman of the Opera Department.

Maestro Flint frequently guest conducts with New York City Opera, L’Opera de Montreal, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Pacific, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Fort Worth Opera, Arizona Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Orlando Opera, Nashville Opera, Kentucky Opera, Central City Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, Chautauqua Opera, and Opera Columbus. With symphony orchestras, he has guest conducted with the Orchestre National de Lyon, L’Orchestre Metropolitan de Montreal, the Detroit Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra, among many others.

In the 2006-2007 Season, he conducts Samson et Dalila with Orlando Opera and Hawaii Opera Theatre, Madama Butterfly with Nashville Opera, Romeo et Juliette with Michigan Opera Theatre, and his companies productions of Hansel & Gretel and La Boheme. Maestro Flint orchestrated the new David DiChiera / Bernard Uzan opera Cyrano, which he will conduct in world premiere at the Michigan Opera Theatre in the 2007-2008 Season, as well performances with Florentine Opera of Milwaukee for The Merry Widow, and Il trovatore with Nashville Opera.

Recent engagements include the International premiere of Tobias Picker’s new opera Thérese Raquin and Die Zauberflöte at L’Opera de Montreal, where he has also conducted Susannah, La Bohème, Rigoletto, La fille du Regiment, Orphee aux Enfers, La Cenerentola, and La Traviata. Other recent return engagements include the Nashville Opera for Faust, Tosca, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata, Carmen and Salome, Hawaii Opera for Rigoletto, Carmen, The Merry Widow and The Flying Dutchman, Michigan Opera Theatre for Les pecheurs des Perles, Lakmeand Faust, and Augusta Opera’s productions of Les Contes d’Hoffman, La Traviata, Carousel, Die Fledermaus, Rigoletto, The Ballad of Baby Doe, H.M.S. Pinafore, L’Elisir d’Amore, Madama Butterfly, Orlando Opera for Carmina Burana/I Pagliacci, Fort Worth Opera for Pirates of Penzance, and Don Pasquale for Michigan Opera Theatre and Orlando Opera, and both Our Town and I Pagliacci with Lake George Opera.