Perhaps not with flowers in his hair, but the Valencian musician has been invited to take up the post as resident conductor at the San Francisco Opera
There he will serve as special musical assistant to Music Director Luisotti for this season’s repertory of Verdi’s Luisa Miller, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Verdi’s Don Carlo among others.
Among his recent accomplishments, Bernàcer, who was born in Alcoy in 1956, has conducted Puccini’s Tosca and Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples (with not a single Godfather in sight) and worked with Plácido Domingo at Valencia’s Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia.
He has also directed Tosca for the Los Angeles Opera; Bizet’s Carmen at Teatr Wielki in Poznan, Poland; and The Beggar’s Opera by Britten at the Castleton Festival in Virginia, and he has also directed the Hungarian National Opera.
Bernàcer trained in Vienna with Ervin Acél, and has worked with Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Zubin Meta, Sir Andrew Davis, Valery Gergiev and Georges Prêtre.
He also premiered the opera Nûr, by Marco Taralli, in Italy at a festival in the Valle de Itria.
2015//6 will surely be the winter of lovers of opera in San Francisco, and maybe all across the nation.