Laurence Gilgore has attracted national and international attention for his exciting and stylish conducting as well as for his leadership of Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra, where he has served as Principal Conductor/ General Director for over fifteen years.

He has performed with many luminaries of both the operatic and concert stage including Renée Flemming, Marilyn Horne, Sherrill Milnes, Ileana Cotrubas, Aprile Millo, Peter Serkin, Garrick Ohlsson, Misha Dichter, Mikhail Rudy, Byron Janis Andre-Michel Schub, Rosalyn Tureck, and Janos Starker, Ruggiero Ricci, Sharon Isbin, and the Assad brothers.

Along with his Connecticut seasons leading symphonic and opera productions, he has been especially active internationally where he has conducted at the Edinburgh Festival leading the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, is a frequent guest at Prague Autumn Festival where he has led most of the major Czech orchestras including the Czech Radio Orchestra, Virtuosi di Prague, the Czech Philharmonic. In China he has conducted the Beijing Philharmonic, in Taipei the Taipei Symphony. Frequent appearances in Italy have included conducting major opera productions for Rome’s Teatro dell Opera, the Puccini Festival Torre del Lago, Florence’s Opera Festival, symphonic concerts with Palermo’s Teatro Massimo. In the U.S.,Gilgore has made numerous appearances as guest conductor with San Juan Puerto Rico’s Teatro del Opera, Opera Company of North Carolina,and Long Beach Opera.


At Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra, Gilgore has led performances of varied repertoire including the American premiere of Busoni’s Turandot, directed by Arvin Brown, for which The New York Times praised Gilgore as having “…just the right balance between the impulsive and the contemplative” and the New Yorker as being “alert and accomplished.” Other well-reviewed productions include: Madama Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, Mefistofele, Orfeo ed Euridice, The Magic Flute, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, L’Elisir d’Amore, Macbeth, La Bohème, a rare double bill of Djamileh and La Navarraise and Offenbach’s Barbe-Bleue, directed by Christopher Alden, Il Tabarro and Gianni Schicchi with Sherrill Milnes, performances of The Consul, directed by Giancarlo Menotti, (with whom Gilgore was a frequent collaborator) at the Edinburgh Festival, Tosca, featuring the American debut of Czech soprano Eva Urbanovà .Maestro Gilgore has made impressive debuts with the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, conducting a major revival of Paisiello’s rarely performed Don Chisciotte in a new production, with Tulsa Opera in a controversial production of La Traviata, and in Cleveland with Il Barbiere di Siviglia. His many appearances at the Long Beach Opera include leading Offenbach’s Barbe-Bleue. Gilgore made his Opera Company of North Carolina debut in 2003 with Samson et Dalila and was immediately engaged to close their 2004 Season with Turandot and later with Strauss’ Salome. He has been a regular guest conductor at the Teatro de la Opera in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he conducted Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, and Faust starring Justino Diaz and Bellini’s Norma. Gilgore has led orchestras and opera companies nationally and internationally including: the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Long Beach Opera, Tulsa Opera, Cleveland Opera, Opera Company of North Carolina, Santa Fe Symphony, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera, Palermo’s Teatro Massimo, Taipei’s National Symphony and the Beijing Philharmonic. His Prague Autumn concerts have featured Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, he also recorded a performance of Mozart’s Prague Symphony and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Violinist Tasmin Little and led a nationally telecast performance with Sherrill Milnes and Eva Urbanovà.

Laurence Gilgore studied conducting with Franco Ferrara in Siena and Rome Italy, and received an Artist Diploma in Conducting at the Conservatorio G B Martini in Bologna prior to working as an Assistant Conductor at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala for the 84-85 season.

Upcoming conducting engagements along with his Connecticut season include inaugurating a new lecture series “The Opera Box” for Greenwich Library, leading Opera Naples February 2011 Production of Bizet’s Carmen, a return to Italy’s Opera Festival in Florence.

Laurence Gilgore