Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Eve Queler is out as Music Director of OONY

I just received this from Shuman Associates PR:
New York, January 26, 2010 –

Eve Queler, Music Director of The Opera Orchestra of New York today announced that Italian conductor Alberto Veronesi has been appointed Music Director effective in the 2011-12 season. Mr. Veronesi will succeed The Opera Orchestra of New York founder Eve Queler, who will become Conductor Laureate once Mr. Veronesi’s initial 5-year tenure begins. During the Opera Orchestra’s 2010-11 40th-anniversary season, Mr. Veronesi will serve as Music Director Designate and conduct an opera-in-concert performance. He will also work with the Board of Directors, Ms. Queler and the administrative staff to program and cast future seasons. The complete 2010-11 season, which will include two opera-in-concert performances, a recital and additional events, will be announced at a later date.

Born in Milan, Alberto Veronesi is Music Director of the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago, Artistic Director of the Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and Music Director of the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, positions which he will continue to hold during his tenure as Music Director of the Opera Orchestra.

Italian conductor Alberto Veronesi has done extensive research on the operatic repertoire of the late 19th to early 20th Century by composers such as Pietro Mascagni, Ruggiero Leoncavallo and Giacomo Puccini, among others, and has programmed and recorded as a Deutsche Grammophon artist these lesser known works in an effort to give this underexposed repertoire a wider audience with the hopes of establishing new masterworks. His recent critically acclaimed performances of Mascagni’s
L’amico Fritz starring Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna at Deutsche Oper Berlin were recorded live and have since been released as his third album in an ongoing Verismo project with Deutsche Grammophon comprised of works from the post-Romantic Italian operatic repertoire. The series began in 2006 with the critically acclaimed complete recording of Puccini’s early opera Edgar with Plácido Domingo in the title role. The second recording, Puccini Rediscovered released in September 2009, is an album of original editions and alternative versions of famous Puccini arias and ensembles as well as little-known orchestral compositions sung by Placído Domingo and soprano Violeta Urmana with the Vienna Philharmonic. The next recording in the series is La Nuit de mai, an album of Leoncavallo songs and arias performed by Mr. Domingo, pianist Lang Lang and the Orchestra of Teatro Comunale di Bologna to be released in April 2010.

As a guest conductor, Mr. Veronesi led the Orchestra Guido Cantelli and I Madrigalisti Ambrosiani in Salieri’s
Falstaff at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Giordano’s Andrea Chénier at the Tel Aviv Opera Theatre, and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in Athens and at the NHK in Tokyo. He has also conducted Leoncavallo’s I Medici at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Puccini’s Tosca at Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Giordano’s Fedora at La Monnaie Bruxelles.

Born in Milan, Mr. Veronesi studied at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, graduating with honors in piano, composition and orchestral conducting. As a student he founded the Guido Cantelli Orchestra, which has since remained in residence at the Conservatory. He directed the orchestra until 2000, including performances at the Salzburg Easter Festival (at the invitation of Claudio Abbado), Teatro alla Scala and Maggio Musicale.

1999, Mr. Veronesi was appointed Music Director of the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago, where he has not only since conducted all of Puccini's operas but was also actively involved in the construction of a new opera house. In 2003, his production of
La Bohème at the Festival won the Premio Abbiati, awarded by the Italian Music Critics Association. His performances at the Festival in 2009 included a new production of Manon Lescaut and a gala concert with soprano Angela Gheorghiu.

In 2001 Mr. Veronesi was named Artistic and Music Director of the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in Palermo, where he is performing complete cycles of symphonies by Beethoven, Bruckner, Mahler and Shostakovich, as well as giving prominence to 20th-century Italian symphonic music and continuing to program contemporary works. He was also recently named Artistic Director of the Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Mr. Veronesi lives in Palermo with his wife and young daughter.

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