Dean Williamson is widely known throughout the United States for his perceptive and commanding conducting. His ambitious and versatile career in standard and contemporary repertoire earns the conductor worldwide acclaim. The Washington Post says “a brilliantly directed, beautifully sung and endlessly funny Barber of Seville…the orchestra, which played the sparkling overture and the vivid storm music with grace and color under the expert baton of Dean Williamson.” The Seattle Times says “Williamson keeps a sure, steady hand on the singers and the orchestra…realizing the shimmering and otherworldly textures of the score.”

This season engagements include both La Cenerentola and David Lang’s The Difficulty of Crossing a Field for the Nashville Opera, I Pagliacci with Skagit Opera, The Turn of the Screw with Baldwin-Wallace University, and the US Premier of Benjamin Britten's adaptation of Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tiresias with Vespertine Opera Theater.

Engagements have included returns to the Seattle Opera for Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, I Pagliacci, Turn of the Screw and Le Nozze di Figaro; The Rake’s Progress, Don Pasquale and La Cenerentola at Wolf Trap Opera; La Bohème with Opera Santa Barbara; Die Zauberflöte with Opera Colorado; Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Carmen at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis; L’Italiana in Algeri for Boston Lyric Opera; Lucia di Lammermoor with Minnesota Opera; La Fanciulla del West , Roméo et Juliette and Samson et Dalila with Nashville Opera; Il Trovatore, Madama Butterfly, Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci and The Magic Flute at the Chautauqua Opera; Summer and Smoke with the New England Conservatory; Street Scene for Hardin-Simmons University; Don Giovanni for Baldwin-Wallace University; The Magic Flute for Northwestern University; Don Pasquale and twice for the Grand Finale concert with the San Francisco Opera Merola young artists.