Tim Long

Timothy Long

Associate Professor of Opera

Music Director, Eastman Opera Theatre




Timothy Long is an Oklahoma-born pianist and conductor of Muscogee Creek and Choctaw descent who is the incoming Music Director of Opera at the Eastman School of Music. 

His early training as a pianist and violinist led to work with singers, and eventually to operatic engagements that have included companies such as the Boston Lyric Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, the Juilliard School, New York City Opera, Opera New England, Opera Colorado, Utah Opera, Shreveport Opera, the Maryland Opera Studio, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra. He has participated in numerous summer festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Moab Music Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and the Caramoor Festival. After working on Thomas Adès’s operatic tour-de-force, Powder Her Face, Tim was named by Robert Spano to be his assistant conductor for three years at the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He was subsequently named an associate conductor at the New York City Opera for two years.

Tim has performed as a harpsichordist with the internationally renowned Sejong Soloists and the famed violinist Gil Shaham at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Aspen Music Festival, and on two highly lauded European tours. Off-Broadway, he was music director, conductor, and featured pianist for The New Group’s production of The Music Teacher, an “opera within a play” by Wallace Shawn and Allen Shawn. Bridge Records released a recording of this highly unique show with Parker Posey and Wallace Shawn in the leading roles.

In the past year, Tim conducted the world premiere of Missing, by Marie Clements and Brian Current, at City Opera Vancouver and Pacific Opera Victoria, the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra with the great dramatic soprano Christine Goerke in her first New York area performance of the Immolation Scene from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, and Tulsa Opera’s 70th Anniversary Gala starring famed mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. He recently performed in recital with the young rising mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey in Lancaster, PA and Baltimore, and with baritone Brian Mulligan on the Washington D.C. Vocal Arts Society at the Kennedy Center. Upcoming projects include conducting Die Zauberflöte at the Prague Summer Nights Festival, playing a world premiere at National Sawdust with White Mountain Apache violinist Laura Ortman and Navajo noise artist Raven Chacon, and a concert tour to China.

Naxos recently released Tim’s recording of the Dominick Argento song cycles, The Andrée Expedition and From the Diary of Virginia Woolf, with the internationally renowned baritone Brian Mulligan. This recording has been highly lauded, with Opera News stating that he “provides masterfully sculpted renditions of the varied and challenging piano parts, which range from spare and crystalline (evoking the icy North) to rolling and transcendent.”

Tim lives in Brooklyn with his husband, baritone Christopher Herbert, and their sweet basset hound mix, Pumpkin.