David Neely, KU Director of Orchestral Activities, is opening Sarasota Opera's American Classics series by conducting Robert Ward's Pulitzer Prize-winning opera The Crucible. The production celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opera, which is based on Arthur Miller's Tony Award winning play. The Crucible opens March 5 at the Sarasota Opera House. The 93-year old composer is to be present.
Equally at home in the symphonic and operatic areas, David Neely has led concerts with the Bochum Symphony, the Dortmund Philharmonic, the Vorarlberg Symphony, and the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, and conducted at the German opera houses of Bonn, Dortmund, Saarbrucken, Coburg, Halle, Bielefeld, Kaiserslautern, and St. Gallen, Switzerland. His repertoire includes more than 50 stage works, including such operatic titles as Otello, La Forza del Destino, Carmen, Eugene Onegin, Hansel und Gretel, Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, The Bartered Bride, Die Lustige Witwe, Die Zauberflote, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Werther and La Juive; musicals such as Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, and My Fair Lady; and ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle and Romeo and Juliet.
In 2000, Maestro Neely led the German premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's English National Opera-commissioned work The Silver Tassie in Dortmund, Germany. In 2006, he conducted the U.S. premiere of Robert Orledge's completion of Debussy's Fall of the House of Usher at the University of Texas. He has appeared regularly as a conductor with Sarasota Opera, having led recent productions of Die Fledermaus, Halka, La Rondine, and L'amico Fritz, and will conduct The Crucible there in 2011. Associated with Des Moines Metro Opera since 2003, he was Co-Director of the prestigious James Collier Apprentice Artist Program for five seasons. He conducted DMMO's 2010 festival productions of Le Nozze di Figaro and Verdi's Macbeth.
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