Joseph Colaneri


Renowned for his versatility, musical depth, and ability to “inspire musicians," Joseph Colaneri is recognized as a multifaceted presence on the podium. An international conductor equally adept with operatic, oratorio and symphonic repertoire, Colaneri continues to expand his relationships with orchestras and opera companies both nationally and abroad. Music Director of the acclaimed Glimmerglass Festival since 2013, Joseph Colaneri has been a member of the Metropolitan conducting roster since 1998. Dedicated to the next generation of opera singers, Colaneri served as Artistic Director of Opera at the Mannes School of Music at The New School in New York City. During his tenure as Artistic Director of the West Australian Opera from 2012-2014 he led the company's mainstage productions and helped to revitalize their Young Artists Program by creating expanded study opportunities in New York City.


In the 2018-2019 season, Maestro Colaneri led a new production of Puccini’s La bohème at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires in October and in November and December, he conducted the Metropolitan Opera's revival of Arrigo Boïto's Mefistofele. In January, he was in Baton Rouge to conduct a concert of opera highlights starring Met Opera artists Lisette Oropesa and Paul Groves; in April he returned to the Juilliard School in New York City to conduct their new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, and in May he debuted at the Washington National Opera with a concert featuring their young artists and the WNO Orchestra. In the summer, Mo. Colaneri returned to The Glimmerglass Festival to lead Francesca Zambello's production of Verdi's La traviata and John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles. Engagements for his 2019-2020 season include Aïda with San Diego Opera, The Ghosts of Versailles at l’Opéra Royal in Versailles, France, La bohème with Seattle Opera, and a return to The Glimmerglass Festival that includes The Sound of Music and Wagner’s Die Feen.         

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“At the head of the Royal Opera Orchestra, Joseph Colaneri leads instrumentalists and singers in this complex score, of which he masters the shifting distribution between the different instruments. He also ensures a good sound balance between singers and orchestra, in...


"The orchestra has a more prominent role in Aida than in most operas, even more so when out of the pit and on the stage. The San Diego Symphony responded with precision when conductor Joseph Colaneri called for a gentle whisper to accompany singers or urged regal brass...


"From the first haunting, glistening sound of the orchestral strings to the ponderous final strokes in the score that echoed the dying heartbeats of a doomed heroine, Glimmerglass Festival’s superior La Traviata was an indelible achievement. This is owing in no small m...


"While this comic opera in two acts provided plenty of laughs, Corigliano’s score was sensational: Its color, intensity and clarity without sacrificing volume; how it slithered, thundered, or wailed for effect; or how effortlessly it moved from 18th-century style to Ha...


“Glimmerglass conductor Joseph Colaneri brings his special affinity for the work to a most satisfying outcome. He draws out the intimacy of these relationships and the fragility of our heroine through his insistence on reining in both orchestra and singers. ‘Soft and d...

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