Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: “Opera Highlights”

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Location Amphitheater

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Chautauqua Opera Apprentice and Studio Artists
Steven Osgood, conductor
Jorge Parodi, conductor

A program of diverse operatic selections on the theme "The Art of Play", featuring the Chautauqua Opera Apprentice and Studio Artists, with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Steven Osgood. This program will also feature a world premiere composed by Chautauqua Opera Composer-in-Residence, George Lam.

Jorge Parodi, conductor

Internationally acclaimed conductor Jorge Parodi has worked extensively in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.  Recent credits include Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia and Bellini's        I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Buenos Aires Lírica in Argentina; Britten's The Turn of the Screw for the Castleton Festival in Virginia and The Banff Centre in Canada; Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires for The Atlanta Opera and Opera Grand Rapids; Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges for The Juilliard School at Lincoln Center and the World Premiere of Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt, the latest opera by John Musto –a coproduction of On Site Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago Lyric’s Unlimited and Pittsburg Opera-.  Upcoming engagements includehis debut at Opera Tampa with Il barbiere di Siviglia, and La traviata at the Savannah Voice Festival.

Reviewed as having "the most expressive conducting hands since Stokowski" by the New York Daily News, Argentinean born Jorge Parodi has worked with such companies as the Teatro Colón in Argentina, the Volgograd Opera in Russia, the Encuentros Internacionales de Opera in Mexico, the Tokyo International Vocal Arts Academy in Japan, and the International Vocal Arts Institute in Israel.  He has collaborated with such artists as Isabel Leonard, Eglise Gutierrez, Tito Capobianco, Sherrill Milnes, Aprile Millo and Rufus Wainwright and has assisted conductors Lorin Maazel and Julius Rudel, among others.

Maestro Parodi is the Music Director of Opera in Williamsburg (Virginia), where he has conducted Rigoletto, Il trovatore, L'elisir d’amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, La cenerentola and Le nozze di Figaro, among other titles.  He is also the Music Director of the Senior Opera Theatre at the Manhattan School of Music, where he has led its productions to critical acclaim, including  Schubert's Die Verschworenen --that the New York Times praised as being "superbly performed” and the American premieres of Le Roi l’a dit by Délibes and Nina by Paisiello.

Among many performances during his tenure as Artistic Director of Opera Hispánica, the only company in the United States focused on the Hispanic vocal repertoire, maestro Parodi conducted Piazzolla's María de Buenos Aires for the Opera Hispánica Festival which The New York Times described as "excellent."

Maestro Parodi also conducted historically informed performances of Cavalli's La Calisto and Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea, and a concert performance of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center that Opera News praised as "a fully convincing presentation".  Other New York credits include productions of The Beggar's Opera, La Doriclea, The Ghost of Versailles, La Vida Breve, El Amor Brujo, Riders to the Sea, Camilla, Apollo e Dafne, Don Giovanni, Orphée aux Enfers, and La vie parisienne