Mary Chun


(Musical Director)

Mary Chun conducted the Finnish contemporary ensemble AVANTE in the Canadian and European premieres of John Adams's I was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky at the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques (Montréal), Festival d'Automne (Paris) and Thalia Theater (Hamburg).

She was invited by the East Slovakian State Opera to conduct the European premiere of American composer Maritin Kalamanoff’s Insect Comedy and she provided musical assistance to American stage director Peter Sellars and composer Tan Dun on his most recent opera, Peony Pavilion.

She also led the U.S. premiere of Luc Ferrari’s Les Emois d’Aphrodite with the MC Band at the OtherMinds New Music Festival in San Francisco in 2000.


Also in 2000, Chun conducted sold-out performances of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in Honolulu with the Hawaii Opera Theatre. Chun is Music Director and Conductor of the Opera Ensemble of San Francisco, which is dedicated to presenting new, unusual and rare opera repertoire to Bay Area audiences.

She has been a member of the conducting staffs of notable opera companies in the United States and Europe, including the San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, East Slovakian State Opera, Châtelet Theatre in Paris and the Opéra de Lyon, where she was Director of Musical Studies for Music Director Kent Nagano.

Her long list of recording credits include music direction for a CD of works by American composer Peter Allen, a 30-second commercial for Disney, and an upcoming independent film project.