Maestro Jay Meetze
Maestro Jay Meetze (pronounced Mets) is founder/artistic/music director of OCB. Meetze has conducted more than fifty operas across the globe including Austria, England, Germany, Israel, and Italy. Opera News lauded Meetze for his “passionate and undeniably impressive command of performances” and “sympathetic leadership.” Meetze’ innovative vision has been featured on Jeopardy, Good Morning America, CNN and National Public Radio.
Meetze has also conducted the CD Divas (2006), which Opera News named Critic’s Choice and Top-10 of the Year. The recording features music by American composer, Thomas Pasatieri, whose well known for his work in film which includes orchestrations for Fried Green Tomatoes and The Little Mermaid. The CD includes his most famous opera Signor Deluso and a reworking of La Divina, an opera supposedly based on Maria Callas.
Debbie Poon volunteers at the Opera Company of Brooklyn with her knowledge in data systems and analytics, media relations, web design and other digital projects. Debbie also contributes her expertise on Video Game Tidbits, a video game media website. She received her Bachelors of Arts from Hunter College in 2014 and currently resides in New York City.
Steve Witting is OCB’s Director of Productions. He began his career in opera as a supernumerary at the Metropolitan Opera House. He was discovered by John Dexter in the crowded masked ball scene in Verdi’s opera and went on to create the lead mime roles in Parade (a french triple bill) and the Stravinsky triple bill. For the next four years he was mentored by Dexter in the craft of directing opera and theater; studying the productions of Billy Budd, Lulu, The Rise and Fall of The City of Mahagonny and The Dialogue of The Carmelites. He directs plays at The Weathervane Repertory Theater and opera with Trill Vocal Productions, New York Lyric Opera and The Opera Company of Brooklyn.
Pianist & Coach, Eric Malson’s has performed Der Vampyr, Carmen and Ariadne auf Naxos with OCB in the 2016 season. He has appeared with Deborah Voigt, Eva Urbanová, Thomas Studebaker, Lawrence Brownlee, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Wexford, Caramoor, Seattle Opera, Washington Opera at Kennedy Center, The Dallas Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and the Cleveland Opera. Malson has served as a faculty member at Juilliard, the Mannes College, the Curtis Institute of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Malson enjoys acting as official accompanist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition and the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition. His CD released by Lyrichord features Brahms’ Magelone songs.