Maestro Vlad Iftinca is currently part of the Metropolitan Opera assistant conductor roster in New York City. Between 2007-2014, he held the position of staff coach in the Lindemann Young Artists Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera. Born in Romania, he received his education at the Reina Sofia School of Music in Madrid and the The Juilliard School. As a conductor he has led performances at the Frankfurt Oper, Romanian National Opera of Iasi, and the Opera on the Avalon Festival, among others. Mr. Iftinca has collaborated in recital with distinguished artists such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Deborah Voigt, Thomas Hampson, Hei Kyung Hong, Luca Pisaroni, Joan Rodgers, Isabel Leonard, and Elza van der Heever. Concert venues include Frankfurt Oper, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Max Joseph Saal in Munich, Palau des Arts in Valencia, Soirées Musicales d’Arles in France, Beijing Music Festival, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Carnegie Hall “Great Singers” Recital Series, Alice Tully Hall, Los Angeles Opera, the Seoul Performing Arts Center, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the “Virtuoso Series” in Salt Lake City, and the Ravinia Festival’s recital series. At the Metropolitan Opera he has assisted conductors such as James Levine, Sir Andrew Davis, Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Maurizio Benini, David Robertson and Marco Armiliato. Recent and future conducting engagements include Lucia di Lammermoor at Deutsche Oper Am Rhein, Il barbiere di Siviglia at San Antonio Opera, La Cenerentola at Frankfurt Oper, and SIVAM Opera Gala in Mexico City. In recitals he has been seen in Switzerland and New York City’s Carnegie Hall accompanying Erin Morley, Lisette Oropesa, and Matthew Rose. He conducted La traviata and Hansel & Gretel last season with Tri-Cities Opera, and The Nutcracker with the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra.