Maestro Jay Meetze – Artistic and Music Director
Maestro Jay Meetze (pronounced Mets) is lauded for his “passionate and undeniably impressive command of performances” and “sympathetic leadership of the forces of the OCB.” (Opera News). He founded Opera Company of Brooklyn in 2000 and serves as the Artistic and Music Director. Meetze’ innovative vision for opera is featured on the Jeopardy quiz show, Good Morning America with MythBusters, CNN’s Tips from the Top, ZDF (German Public TV), other favorable and numerous coverage include radio: National Public Radio’s Day to Day, American Public Media’s Marketplace, 1010WINS, WNYC’s Overnight Music and Soundcheck, and reviews and articles (some front-page and full-page) in: Wall Street Journal, NY Times, NY Daily and NY Post newspapers, NY Magazine, Life, American Record Guide, Opera News Magazine, Crain’s New York Business, Classical Singer Magazine, Frommer’s and two arts administration books.
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.
Supporters/colleagues include NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Richard Tucker Music Foundation President Barry Tucker, Alfred Hubay, conductors Joseph Rescigno, William Hicks, Steven Jarvi, Forbidden Broadway creator Gerard Alessandrini, directors Francesca Zambello, Ira Siff, Rhoda Levine and Ned Canty, and singers Lucine Amara, Martina Arroyo, Harolyn Blackwell, Simon Estes, Elaine Malbin, Frederica Von Stade. Past supporters: Betty Allen, Anna
Moffo, Charles Riecker, mentors Gerhard Samuel and Richard Woitach. Meetze, born in Flint, Michigan, received his M.M. in Orchestral Conducting at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.
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