The Italian conductor Jader Bignamini is back at Oper Frankfurt, where he worked for the first time in 2015/16 leading concert performances of Verdi's Oberto, for this new production of Il Trovatore and returns to the company next season. He makes his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York this November with Madama Butterfly, an opera he has conducted in Venice, Palermo and Verona. Other plans include Don Carlo in Tenerife, his debut with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and a concert tour with Anna Netrebko. Engagements in recent seasons have included Rigoletto at Santa Fe Opera, Andrea Chénier at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Ciro in Babilonia at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, La Bohème at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice and São Paulo, La forza del destino at the Festival Verdi in Parma, La traviata and Turandot in Verona and Aida and Il trovatore at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome. The first operas Jader Bignamini conducted were Crispino e la Comare at the Festival della Valle d’Itria and Simon Boccanegra at the 2013 Festival Verdi in Parma. Earlier on in his career he was a clarinettist in the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (laVerdi) under Riccardo Chailly, for whom he started working as an assistant in 2010. He has conducted many symphonic concerts with the orchestra since 2012. Other recent concert work has included appearances with the Teatro Municipal in São Paulo, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in Palermo and at the Maggio Musicale in Florence.