Praised by Opera News as a conductor who "squeezes every drop of excitement and pathos from the score," Steven White is one of North America's premiere conductors of both operatic and symphonic repertoire. In 2010 he made his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut conducting performances of La traviata starring Angela Gheorgiu. Since then he has conducted a number of Metropolitan Opera performances of La traviata, with such stars as Natalie Dessay, Hei-Kyung Hong, Thomas Hampson, Dmitri Hvorostovksy and Matthew Polenzani. He returns to the Met in 2015 to assist James Levine in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress.
Engagements for the 2014-15 season include Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Das Lied von der Erde at Kennesaw State University. He returns to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera Baltimore for Madama Butterfly, Arizona Opera for Eugene Onegin, and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Opera Birmingham for La bohème. He will make debuts with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Columbus Opera with La voix humaine and Pagliacci. With Opera Omaha he will conduct Rigoletto.
In December 2013 Maestro White conducted the tribute to Martina Arroyo as part of the Kennedy Center Honors concert, broadcast nationally on CBS. Other highlights of this past season include Tosca with Lyric Opera Baltimore and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Dialogues of the Carmelites with Peabody Conservatory, La traviata with Arizona Opera, Rigoletto with Opera Birmingham, Aida at Bob Jones University and Mahler's Symphony No. 1 at Virginia Tech University. At Opera Roanoke he conducted a new production of Die Zauberflöte and covered that same piece at the Metropolitan Opera. He also led the Slovak State Philharmonic of Kosice in concerts of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Festival Overture. With that same orchestra he collaborated with acclaimed trumpeter Paul Neebe in a recording of 20th century concertos.
In 2013 he made his debut with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra in a tour-de-force gala concert with soprano Sarah Coburn. Other recent symphonic engagements include performances of the Strauss Four Last Songs with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the Naples Philharmonic, internationally televised concerts with Rolando Villazon and the Greek National Radio Symphony Orchestra at the United Nations and Alice Tully Hall, an all-Wagner concert with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Opera Birmingham, the Festival Finale Concert at Spoleto Festival USA, a concert with Angela Gheorghiu and the Canadian Opera Company orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, and numerous concert performances with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Opera Roanoke.
In addition to his work with the Metropolitan Opera, Maestro White's extensive operatic engagements have included La traviata, Don Giovanni, Carmen and La bohème at New York City Opera; Lucia di Lammermoor at L'Opera de Montréal; Lucia di Lammermoor, La fille du regiment and I puritani with Vancouver Opera; La traviata at Opera Colorado; L'elisir d'amore with Pittsburgh Opera; Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Michigan Opera Theater; La traviata, Roméo et Juliette, I puritani, La sonnambula and L'assedio di Corinto with Baltimore Opera; Lucia di Lammermoor with New Orleans Opera; Aida, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Merry Widow, Tosca and Don Pasquale at Arizona Opera; and La bohème, Carmen, Rigoletto, Tosca and Le nozze di Figaro with the Naples Philharmonic.
Other performances include Hänsel und Gretel at Kentucky Opera, Pagliacci and Tosca at Nashville Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor with Fort Worth Opera, Don Giovanni, Les contes d'Hoffmann, Macbeth and Lucia di Lammermoor at Syracuse Opera, Werther at Sarasota Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor with Wichita Grand Opera, Madama Butterfly with Opera North Carolina, L'elisir d'amore Wolf Trap Opera, outdoor Gala Concerts with Madison Opera, and La traviata at Indiana University Opera Theater.
As former Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke, Maestro White conducted nearly all of that company's productions from 1999 through 2010, including performances of Das Lied von der Erde, Der fliegende Holländer, Fidelio, Falstaff, Otello, Macbeth, Aida, Hänsel und Gretel and many others. He has also served as Principal Conductor for Opera Birmingham and as Associate Conductor and Chorus Master for Florida Grand Opera.
Among the many orchestras Maestro White has conducted are the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra for a CHANDOS recording of arias featuring his wife, soprano Elizabeth Futral.
In May, 2013 Maestro White received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Roanoke College.