Colaneri, Joseph


Joseph  Colaneri
M.M., Westminster Choir College
B.A., New York University
Artistic Director of Opera, Mannes School of Music

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Areas of Expertise:
Classical Music: opera; oratorio and symphonic repertoire; conducting; lectures

Music Director of the acclaimed Glimmerglass Festival since 2013, Joseph Colaneri has served as a member of the Metropolitan conducting roster since 1998, and served as Artistic Director of the West Australian Opera from 2012-2014. Mr. Colaneri began his career as a conductor with the New York City Opera (NYCO), a post he held for eleven years (1987-1998). From 1995-1996 Mr. Colaneri served as Acting Music Director for New York City Opera. He also served as Music Director of NYCO's touring arm, the New York City Opera National Company, from 1991-1998. Colaneri was honored by New York City Opera with its Julius Rudel Award during the 1994 season.

At the Metropolitan Opera, Colaneri has led performances of La Bohème, Luisa Miller, performances of Turandot and Rigoletto in the popular Metropolitan Opera Parks performances, L'Italiana in Algeri, Nabucco at Lincoln Center, Falstaff, Il Trittico, La Fille du Régiment, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Don Pasquale. During the 2009-2010 season he replaced James Levine for the Metropolitan's new Luc Bondy production of Tosca, including the worldwide HD transmission and DVD for EMI.

Among the distinguished opera companies with which Colaneri has guested are Den Norske Opera, Portland Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Orlando Opera, Western Opera Theater, UCLA, and the San Francisco Opera Center. Orchestral guesting credits of note include leading the Tokyo Philharmonic in a concert program of opera arias and musical theater selections starring soprano Renée Fleming, which was telecast throughout Asia by the NHK; and conducting Jianyi Zhang and Richard Zeller with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan in Taipei.

A frequent speaker on opera, Mr. Colaneri leads an annual lecture series for The Metropolitan Opera Club and has served as guest lecturer for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the Los Angeles Opera League.

Courses Taught:
  • Opera

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