Derek Bate is currently the assistant conductor for La Cenerentola. He recently conducted Aida and Madama Butterfly with the COC, as well as one performance of The Flying Dutchman and was the assistant conductor for Carmen,Maria Stuarda and Nixon in China. Currently the COC resident conductor, he has led performances of Luisa Miller, Eugene Onegin, La Bohème, Carmen, Turandot, La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, the Ensemble Studio productions of Renard and Swoon, and was assistant conductor of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Fidelio, War and Peace, Pelléas et Mélisande, From the House of the Dead, Don Carlos, Elektra, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and the complete Ring Cycle. He served as COC chorus master for five seasons, and as resident conductor of the COC Ensemble Studio. He has appeared with Opera Grand Rapids, Calgary Opera, Edmonton Opera, Alberta Ballet, the National Arts Centre, and Toronto Operetta Theatre. His musical theatre repertoire includes Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, and Show Boat.