Metropolitan Opera’s “Opera News” magazine named his CD “BEST OF THE YEAR” and “CRITIC’S CHOICE,” recorded on Albany Records and features music by and with Thomas Pasatieri, whose many film orchestrations include Finding Nemo, Little Mermaid, Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty. The CD has Pasatieri’s most famous opera Signor Deluso and his newly rewritten La Divina, sung by San Francisco Opera Center’s Director Sheri Greenawald, MSM’s Ashley Putnam and several young artists selected by Meetze and Pasatieri.
Charles ‘Chuck’ Harburn – General Manager
Born, raised and educated in Michigan, Chuck, as he is known by his associates, runs the Opera Company of Brooklyn from his home outside of Flint, Michigan. Founder Jay Meetze was also raised and educated in this area. Together in 2000 they founded and created this fine company. Mr. Harburn brings 40 years of experience in politics and business having started and ran several profitable companies, all which have trained and educated hundreds of people. He and Maestro Meetze, working together, create a perfect balance of artistic and administrative excellence. His sole purpose for working tirelessly at the helm of OCB is to create a welcomed environment for young talent to prepare themselves for a career they love. None of this is possible without the help and support of a wonderful and hard working board of directors. Chuck looks forward to hearing your suggestions on how to improve this company and will welcome your offer to help him help others.
Brendan Moffitt serves as the Executive Director for the Opera Company of Brooklyn. A native of Melbourne, Australia, since 2005 Brendan has lived and worked around the US as a stage director. Following his apprentice stage director appointment as San Francisco Opera Center’s Merola Opera Program, he assisted at Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera and The Santa Fe Opera. He has mounted his own productions at Emerald City Opera, The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Midwest Institute of Opera, and the Manhattan School of Music. Brendan holds degrees in Dramatic Art – Directing from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia, and an MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Graeme White is an experienced Sound Engineer and Videographer who has recorded and produced media in Europe, Asia and the USA. Originally from Birmingham, England, he spent many years in the Pro Audio industry introducing digital recording and editing systems to broadcast and recording companies, with significant installations in Moscow, Munich and Zürich. Coming to NYC, he has worked in close conjunction with NY state and Ivy League universities, building Digital Media labs for the Visual Arts and continues to consult for several Fine Arts institutions. Graeme is delighted to act as the Director of Audio and Video for the OCB!