Conductor Michael Christie, recently named music director for the New West Symphony, won an award for “Best Opera Recording” at the 61st Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10. The award was presented for the recording of a live performance he conducted with the Santa Fe Opera in July 2017 for the world premiere of the contemporary opera, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, written by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell.

The recording was nominated for a total of four Grammys. This is Maestro Christie’s first Grammy nomination and first Grammy win; he shares the award with Santa Fe Opera members Sasha Cooke, Jessica E. Jones, Edward Parks, Garrett Sorenson and Wei Wu and producer Elizabeth Ostrow.

“It was such a thrill to be involved in the creation of a new American opera on such an important American topic, and I’m so proud that the piece, at the earliest point of its life, will be recognized as a great new American opera,” said Maestro Christie. “This is great news for new voices and future works to be considered for the Grammys.”

Maestro Christie joined New West Symphony as music director in December 2018 and will be launching the organization’s 25th season in October.

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