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Joseph Colaneri
B.A., New York University; M.M., Westminster Choir College, Princeton; Awarded Distinguished Alumnus Award, 1994.

Member of the conducting roster of the Metropolitan Opera since 1998. Acting Music Director, New York City Opera, 1995-1996 and conductor, 1987-1998. Music Director, New York City Opera National Company, 1991-1998. 1998-99 season, Maestro Colaneri led the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in a special concert presenting young Asian singers to the New York public. Donizetti's Don Pasquale, Chautauqua Opera. Since making his conducting debut in 1987, Maestro Colaneri conducted over 60 performances at the New York City Opera of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Boheme, Carmen, Rigoletto, Tosca, and La Traviata. In 1993, he led the world premiere of Hugo Weisgall's Esther. In 1995, lead the American premiere of Toshiro Mayazumi's Kinkakuji. Honored with NY City Opera Julius Rudel Award, 1994. Guest conductor with the San Francisco Opera Center, conducting La Traviata. Active conductor of the choral and symphonic repertory. Conducted Verdi Requiem, Berkshire Choral Festival (2001); Handel's Messiah, National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa (2000). Frequent speaker on opera, serves as guest lecturer for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the Los Angeles Opera League. Holds annual series of Saturday Opera Seminars at New York University. Awarded Certificate for Teaching Excellence, New York University. Director of the Opera Program, Mannes College of Music since 1998.

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