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Can music bring the world together? In this free-ranging discussion that swoops from Opera 101 to operas with a touch of the East, Maestro James Conlon, one of the world’s foremost opera conductors takes us through the magic and power of opera. Whether it is Verdi or Mozart, the power of opera lies in its theatricality, emotion and the beauty of the human voice. Maestro Conlon will talk about magnificent operas that touch the soul and spirit. What makes them great? Is opera relevant in today’s polarized world? What are some operas that beginners can listen to? How do you appreciate opera? What is the future of opera post Covid?
To know more about Maestro Conlon, please visit his personal website. Click here.
You can also listen to Mr.Conlon’s podcasts on a variety of topics by visiting LA Opera’s pages or clicking here.
Maestro Conlon’s discography can be found here.
Mr. Conlon founded the Orel Foundation which maintains a website of Recovered Voices: a resource for information concerning the suppression of composers during the era of Nazi Germany.
In collaboration with IMAS
Maestro James Conlon is one of the world’s most versatile and respected conductors. He has cultivated a vast symphonic, operatic and choral repertoire. He has conducted virtually every major American and European symphony orchestra since his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1974. Mr. Conlon is Music Director of the Los Angeles Opera (since 2006) and Principal Conductor of the RAI National Symphony Orchestra in Torino, Italy (since 2016), where he is the first American to hold the position since the orchestra was founded in 1931. He has been Principal Conductor of the Paris Opera (1995–2004); General Music Director of the City of Cologne, Germany (1989–2003), simultaneously leading the Gürzenich Orchestra and the Cologne Opera; and Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (1983-1991). Mr. Conlon has served as the Music Director of the Ravinia Festival, summer home of the Chicago Symphony (2005–15) and is now Music Director Laureate of the Cincinnati May Festival―the oldest Choral Festival in the United States―where he was Music Director for 37 years (1979–2016), marking one of the longest tenures of any director of an American classical music institution. As a guest conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, he has led more than 270 performances since his 1976 debut. He has also conducted at leading opera houses and festivals including the Wiener Staatsoper, Salzburg Festival, La Scala, Teatro dell’ Opera di Roma, Mariinsky Theatre, Covent Garden, Chicago Lyric Opera, and Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Shoba Narayan is an author, journalist and a lover of music. She believes that the beauty of a soaring human voice can part the clouds to reveal the universe– both inside and out.