Douglas Anderson has conducted more than 75 world premieres, including the first electronic music opera (Shaman, by Alice Shields) and the first concerto for steel drums (Reception for steel drums and orchestra, by George Zarr).
His Concert repertoire includes all standard repertoire works by composers from 1700 to the present. Unusual works performed include rarely heard works by Mendelssohn, Grieg, Tschaikovsky, Strauss, MacDowell, Sibelius, Schoenberg, et al. His orchestral repertoire consists of over 500 works.
Ongoing series that Dr. Anderson conducts include annual Messiah Open Sings with the BMCC Downtown Symphony (since 1987) and with the Putnam Chorale (since 2002); and annual Operas on the Terrace with the Downtown Symphony (since 1993).
Douglas Anderson has conducted more than 100 complete operas in over 400 performances. His operatic repertoire, one of the largest in the world, ranges from the 17th to 21st centuries, including most of the standard repertoire, and representing composers such as Purcell, Pergolesi, Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Rimsky-Korsakov, Puccini, Holst, Milhaud, Walton, Hindemith, Giannini, Barber, Menotti, Bernstein, Beeson, Argento and Maxwell Davies.
His pre-concert chats with the Putnam Chorale and the BMCC Downtown Symphony are widely acclaimed by audiences for their historical and compositional perspective, as well as for greatly enhancing the concert experience.