Acclaimed for the absolute artistic transport of his conducting work, William Todd Hunt was born in Louisville, Kentucky.
Artistic Director of Alaska’s Orpheus Project, as well as a freelance conductor around the state, Mr. Hunt has also appeared with the Juneau Symphony, Juneau Lyric Opera, the Taku Winds wind ensemble, the Amalga Chamber Orchestra, Anchorage Opera, the Northern Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, the Kling Chamber Orchestra (Louisville, KY), Indiana University Opera Theater. He has also conducted the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic in both Kroměříž and Zlín, Czech Republic as well as concerts with the new music ensemble CrossSound. He served as Assistant Conductor at Indiana University Opera Theatre, University of Louisville Opera Theatre, Music Theatre Louisville and the Evansville Philharmonic where he has worked with conductors Arpád Jóo, Alfred Savia, Imre Palló and David Harman, among others. Mr. Hunt served as co-founder and Music Director for Ardo Opera (Bloomington, IN), where he produced and conducted several productions, notably at the Bloomington Early Music Festival.
Mr. Hunt holds a Master’s Degree in Conducting from Indiana University where he studied under Imre Palló and Thomas Baldner and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance (Woodwinds) from the University of Louisville (KY). He has participated in masterclasses, seminars, and lessons in America under the guidance of such auspicious conductors as Kurt Masur, Stephen Schwartz, Raffi Armenian and Lawrence Leighton Smith. After leaving Indiana University he continued his studies in Europe where he worked with Jorma Panula, Kirk Trevor, Johannes Schlaefli, Mariusz Smolij, and Tomaš Koutnik.
With a repertoire spanning from early baroque to the recently composed, Mr. Hunt’s recent performances include Puccini’s Il Trittico, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, and La Bohème, Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, die Zauberflöte and Don Giovanni, as well as Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero, Dvořak’s Rusalka, and the world premieres of operas by Emerson Eads and Rory Stitt.