Seattle Opera introduced right this moment its new refrain grasp & head of music workers is Michaella Calzaretta, an skilled conductor acclaimed for her excessive requirements and excellent preparation abilities. Calzaretta will put together the 36-member Seattle Opera Refrain, which will likely be featured through the 2022/23 season in The Elixir of Love, Tristan and Isolde, Samson and Delilah in Live performance, and La traviata. Moreover, Calzaretta will oversee the corporate’s musical actions, aiming for the very best requirements in musical efficiency.
The appointment comes after an in depth search led by Basic Director Christina Scheppelmann and Director of Creative Administration & Planning Aren Der Hacopian. Calzaretta succeeds longtime Seattle Opera Refrain Grasp John Keene, who accepted a place as refrain director at San Francisco Opera in January.
Calzaretta will step into the position instantly to organize the refrain for the corporate’s upcoming manufacturing of The Elixir of Love, which runs August 6–20 at McCaw Corridor.
“I’m thrilled to carry Michaella’s power and expertise to work with Seattle Opera,” mentioned Christina Scheppelmann. “Michaella linked instantly with our choristers, creating optimistic musical outcomes straight away. Her collaborative fashion and considerate strategy match completely with our firm.”
Aren Der Hacopian mentioned: “We’re elated to have Michaella be a part of us as our new refrain grasp & head of music workers. Her optimistic demeanor and true ardour for creating artwork are infectious, and we’re honored that she has agreed to affix us as we construct towards a thriving future.”
“Opera refrain masters typically start their careers as coaches, pianists, or conductors; I believe it’s nice that Michaella was first a singer and a choral conductor,” mentioned Jay Rozendaal, coach-accompanist and orchestra librarian. “She brings a contemporary perspective to the position that will likely be an actual asset to the corporate typically and the refrain particularly.”
Calzaretta beforehand served as refrain grasp and assistant conductor at Utah Opera, the place she lately accomplished her fifth season. Amongst her many achievements, Calzaretta was acknowledged for constantly delivering robust performances and a well-balanced ensemble sound. She made her principal stage conducting debut in October 2020 with performances of The Human Voice and Gentleman’s Island. Different conducting credit embrace Rattling Yankees and The Merry Widow with Pittsburgh Pageant Opera, and Endurance with the Indiana College Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
Calzaretta is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in choral conducting at Indiana College, and she or he holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Efficiency from Simpson Faculty in Indianola, Iowa, and a Grasp of Music in Choral Conducting from the College of Missouri-Kansas Metropolis.
“I’m honored to be becoming a member of such an impressive group and can’t wait to get began,” mentioned Calzaretta. “My audition time with the Seattle Opera Refrain was exhilarating and I’m eager to dive into partnership with the fantastic music and creative workers in executing this season and planning many extra.”
Calzaretta brings a wealth of expertise with each new operas and established favorites to the position, a basis on which she plans to construct in Seattle. “Seattle Opera is a pacesetter in presenting high-quality conventional repertoire whereas additionally championing new works and prioritizing underrepresented tales that join with audiences and performers alike. The way forward for opera in Seattle is brilliant and I’m delighted to have a entrance row seat.”