According to CNN, “Conductor Jay Meetze has been instrumental in making opera accessible to a wider audience. Meetze attracts a new generation of music lovers.” Maestro Jay Meetze, founder, Artistic & Music Director of Opera Company of Brooklyn, is also the Music Director of Philadelphia’s Atlantic Coast Opera Festival. Mr. Meetze is lauded for his “passionate and undeniably impressive command of performances” and “sympathetic leadership of the forces of the OCB.” (Metropolitan Opera’s Opera News). Opera News named his Grammy-nominated 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 is sung by San Francisco Opera Center’s Director Sheri Greenawald and Manhattan School of Music’s Ashley Putnam. “Magic is wielded in the hands of Meetze.” American Record Guide. Meetze has worked with countless leading singers, instrumentalists, conductors and stage directors from the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, LA Phil, San Francisco Symphony and Opera. “Jay Meetze achieved impressive results. The orchestra followed Mr. Meetze lead quite aptly.” The New York Times. He has conducted performances with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Northern Kentucky Symphony, Flint Symphony Orchestra of Michigan, Rannaana Symphonette (Israel) and New Jersey’s Stony Hill Players and has worked as an assistant conductor for Cincinnati Opera, Opera Theatre of Lucca Italy, Elysian Opera, Regina Opera and Cosmopolitan Symphony Orchestra of New York. An active member of the New York Philharmonic’s Conductors Table, American Symphony Orchestra League and the Conductors Guild he has presented workshops at various regional universities and high schools, as well as serving as an adjudicator for competitions. He has served on the faculty of the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv (Israel) and the Manhattan School of Music’s Summer Music Camp.
“Conductor Jay Meetze’s Flute was a game, witty and endearing…” New York Post. Meetze graduated from Michigan State University, majoring in vocal music education. His understanding of the singing voice and rapport with artists made him a sought-after conductor. He received a Master’s of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music on a full scholarship. Meetze’ travels led him to Glimmerglass Opera, Tanglewood and the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv. After conducting with the American Symphony Orchestra League, which led to jobs in Lucca, Italy and others, Meetze moved to Manhattan to start an accessible opera company, Opera Company of Brooklyn. “The company was well-prepared and the singers and orchestra obviously appreciated Meetze’ loving attention to detail. He has a keen ear for nuance, and made subtle adjustments that were particularly helpful.” Classical Singer Magazine. On Good Morning America with MythBusters, Meetze provided artists to demonstrate the voice can only break crystal when artists sing the pitch of the glass and greatly amplified. His work has made front-page of the Wall Street Journal, covered internationally by major news via Associated Press, on National Public Radio, 1010WINS, WNYC and ZDF (German Public TV), guest appearances on WNYC, in Life, NY Magazine, Crain’s New York Business, Frommer’s and two art administration books. “The ensemble numbers rang through with clarity and shimmer. It was a joyful afternoon, a reminder that opera was once a “pop” art and, under the right circumstances, still is..,” New York Daily News. “It’s to bring in the newer, younger audiences…Meetze overflows with ideas,” New York Daily News. His innovative vision for opera, featured on the Jeopardy quiz show, is to reach out to the thousands of “nontraditional” patrons who enjoy opera but who may not feel comfortable in a large opera house. Since audiences are not going to opera, he takes it to them. Lucky audience members hear top-flight artists, many are enjoying national and international careers. “Undeniably impressive. Well-sung and winningly acted by a talented, intrepid cast,” New York Times. “Meetze is changing the public perception of opera with a common sense approach, coupled with an infectious enthusiasm. It would be hard for even the most operaphobic to resist,” Classical Singer Magazine. Artists who know his work: Martina Arroyo, Mignon Dunn, Simon Estes, Carlisle Floyd, Denyce Graves, Elaine Malbin, Itzhak Perlman, Joseph Rescigno, Ira Siff, Frederica Von Stade, Richard Woitach, Francesca Zambello.
Graeme White – Director of Audio 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.
Ming Kwong, OCB Pianist
Alan Anibal, OCB Assistant Conductor