The Opera Orchestra of New York Appoints Alberto Veronesi as Music Director Beginning with the 2011-12 Season

Eve Queler to Become Conductor Laureate

Norman Raben, Chairman and 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.

The Opera Orchestra of New York was established in 1971 by Eve Queler to present rare and unusual repertory in a concert setting, emphasizing the operatic voice over visual production. Performances feature internationally acclaimed established artists as well as exceptional young singers in an effort to develop an appreciation of opera among diverse audiences while cultivating a new generation of supporters.

“We are pleased to welcome Alberto Veronesi to The Opera Orchestra of New York family,” said Mr. Raben. “During our 2009-10 ‘bridge’ season we have been working to regain our financial footing and develop a strategic plan to aggressively and optimistically continue the Opera Orchestra’s longstanding tradition of exceptional opera-in-concert performances. Mr. Veronesi’s background and experience in development, his artistic ability and vision, and his musical knowledge of the lesser known works of the operatic repertoire make him the ideal music director for the company.”

"I am honored to accept the position of Music Director and begin this next chapter in my life with The Opera Orchestra of New York,” said Mr. Veronesi. “I look forward to continuing Eve Queler’s extraordinary efforts in repertory renewal, presenting unique operas performed by world-class and young singers. Ms. Queler has built an outstanding company and I will do my best to follow in her footsteps.”

“I am proud of the accomplishments of The Opera Orchestra of New York over the past 40 years and I was thrilled to find a conductor who shares my philosophy and will carry on the legacy of The Opera Orchestra of New York,” commented Eve Queler. “I offer him my support and best wishes as he embarks upon this new phase in our organization.”

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