Joana Carneiro’s 2009/2010 highlights include her inaugural season as Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony, debuts with the Toronto Symphony and Seattle Symphony, a performance in Quito, Ecuador with Renée Fleming as soloist, and the opening of the Venice Biennale in the Gran Teatro de la Fenice in September. She recently made much-lauded debuts with the Sao Paolo State Symphony, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, where the Pioneer Press called her performance “an unqualified triumph.” Past North American engagements include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Grant Park Music Festival and Manhattan School of Music.
In Europe, she has conducted the Norkopping Symphony, Prague Philharmonia and Orchestre de Bretagne, among others. Her Asian appearances have included the Macau Chamber Orchestra and Beijing Orchestra at the International Musica Festival of Macau (China). Increasingly in demand as an opera conductor, Ms. Carneiro will conduct John Adams’s A Flowering Tree, a production in which she made her debut with the Chicago Opera Theater, at La Cité de la Musique in Paris in Spring 2010 and in her Cincinnati Opera debut in Summer 2011. In January 2010, Ms. Carneiro will lead performances of Peter Sellars's stagings of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex and Symphony of Psalms at the Sydney Festival. Previously she served as assistant conductor to Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Paris Opera's premiere of Adriana Mater by Kaija Saariaho and led critically-acclaimed performances of Philippe Boesmans's Julie in Bolzano, Italy.