Vlad Iftinca is currently part of the 2019-2020 Oper Stuttgart assistant conductor roster. Between 2007-2014, he held the position of staff coach for the Lindemann Young Artists Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, where he has also been part of the music staff between 2007-2019. Born in Romania, he received his education at the Reina Sofia School of Music in Madrid, Southern Methodist University, Mannes College and the The Juilliard School.
As a conductor, he has led performances at the Frankfurt Oper, Oper Stuttgart, San Antonio Opera, among others. Mr. Iftinca has collaborated in recital with distinguished artists such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Deborah Voigt, Thomas Hampson, Hei Kyung Hong, Luca Pisaroni, Joan Rodgers, Isabel Leonard, Erin Morley and Elza van der Heever. In 2017, his live recital recording with soprano Lisette Oropesa, ‘Within/Without’, was released commercially to great acclaim.