A native of Vienna, Austria, Andreas Mitisek is artistic and general Director of Long Beach Opera, where he has conducted a number of productions, including Handel’s Semele, Lehar’s Schweigsame Frau, Richard Strauss’s Elektra, Bartok’s Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Janacek’s Jenufa, Weill’s Threepenny Opera, a new version of Wagner’s Ring, and Glass’s Sound of a Voice. In 1990, Mitisek founded the Wienner Operntheatre. While there, he led Austrian or Viennese premieres of Britten’s Death in Venice, Adams’ Nixon in China, Ligeti’s Grand macabre, and Penderecki’s Devils of London. In Europe, he also has conducted operas at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Komische Oper in Berlin, and Vienna Volksoper, among others. Mitisek made his U.S. debut conducting Purcell’s Indian Queen for Long Beach Opera in 1998, and has since conducted productions for Opera Company of Philadelphia, Vancouver Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, and Hawaii Opera. He made his Seattle Opera debut conducting Weber’s Freischütz in 1999 and conducted Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin here in 2003 and Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte in 2006. Other appearances in 2006 include Puccini’s Tosca in Orlando, Eugene Onegin in Santiago, Chile, and Berkeley’s Jane Eyre in St. Louis. Mitisek begins 2007 with Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Seattle Opera.