Willie Anthony Waters, B.M. '73

Willie Anthony Waters, B.M. '73Conductor Willie Anthony Waters, B.M. ‘73, named University of Miami Frost School of Music 1985 Distinguished Alumnus, is a regular guest of opera companies and symphony orchestras in North America, Europe, and Africa. Waters served as General and Artistic Director of the Connecticut Opera for twelve years, conducting more than thirty productions, and as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Greater Miami Opera for seven seasons. During his tenure, Waters led a number of noteworthy productions, including Salome, Manon Lescaut, Die Walküre, Macbeth, Aida, Of Mice and Men, Falsfaff, Bianca e Falliero, Cristoforo Colombo, La Gioconda, Turandot, Tosca, Carmen, Trouble in Tahiti, and Lucia di Lammermoor.

Waters debuted at New York City Opera in 2002 conducting Rigoletto, returning the following season for Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men. Other notable appearances in North America and abroad include Australian Opera, Arizona Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Cologne Opera (Germany), Opera de Quebec, Edmonton Opera, Kentucky Opera, Michigan Opera, Montreal Opera, Opera Memphis, San Francisco Opera, and Vancouver Opera, among many others.

On the concert stage, Waters has led the Brucknerhaus Orchestra (Austria), Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Essen Philharmonic (Germany), Florida Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and Tallahassee Symphony. He has also conducted recordings and concerts for many of opera’s notable artists.

In 2005, Waters celebrated the 25th anniversary of his conducting debut with Connecticut Opera and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford. He serves as Artistic Director/Opera for the Houston Ebony Opera Guild.

Water’s is visiting associate professor of music at Binghamton University, New York; a guest lecturer of opera at the President’s College, University of Hartford; and guest conductor, coach, and lecturer at Austin Peay State University. Waters also serves as music director for the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance Summer Opera Training Institute, and was a featured guest expert during the intermission quiz and discussion of the Metropolitan Opera’s live radio broadcast of Puccini’s La bohème in January 2015.