Bruce Stasyna

February 19th, 2015 by admin

In 2016 Bruce Stasyna returns for his second season as Music Director of the Vero Beach Opera and conducts Die Fledermaus, The Rape of Lucretia, Il Tabarro, Die Zauberflöte. He joins the conducting roster with Boston Lyric Opera and performs concerts with Deborah Voigt, Marina Costa-Jackson, André Courville, Jonathan Beyer and J’nai Bridges, the Academy of Vocal Arts and the Marcello Giordani Foundation.

He has served as Chorus Master for Washington Concert Opera (Hérodiade, Fidelio, La Favorite, Semiramide), NewYork City Opera (Mosè in Egitto, La Périchole, Anna Nicole), Minnesota Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera, and as Artistic Director of the Green Mountain Opera Festival.

The Washington Post wrote that Mr. Stasyna had “done an excellent job honing the skills of the chorus” for the Washington Concert opera’s production of Attila. For La Favorite, Vox-des-Arts noted “the chorus sang with potency and impressive balance”. Regarding Mr. Stasyna’s work for NYCO’s La Périchole, the Classical Review acknowledged the “superb work from the chorus”. For Minnesota Opera’s production of Nixon in China, Opera News commented that “the outstanding artistry of the company chorus must be mentioned.”

Recent engagements have included chamber music with members of the Charlotte Symphony, recitals with Maria Aleida, Jeanine Debique, Marcello Giordani, Sarah Joy Miller, and conductor for Albert Herring, Così Fan Tutte, Don Pasquale, Le Nozze di Figaro, Little Women, Orlando, Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi. Previously, he served six seasons as Head Coach and Director of the Young Artist Program at Palm Beach Opera.

As pianist, the Palm Beach Daily News wrote “among the many heroes and heroines, the unsung hero of the evening was pianist Bruce Stasyna, who accompanied each singer with remarkable musical empathy and memorable (yet unobtrusive) technical skills.” Mr. Stasyna was Head of Music for the Minnesota Opera from 1999 to 2006 and appeared at Wolf Trap Opera as chorus master and guest artist on recital programs featuring Steven Blier. He has conducted at the Green Mountain Opera Festival, Des Moines Metro Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, New York City Opera, Opera Roanoke, Sugar Creek Opera, and has enjoyed associations with the Minnesota Orchestra, the National Chorale. He has given chamber music performance at the Dallas Art Museum, Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, the Victoria International Festival, the St. Lawrence Center for the Arts, in Guatemala City and has held artist residencies at University of Texas Butler Opera center and Emory University. Performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, Florida, Minnesota, Vermont Public Radio and CJRT radio Canada.

Mr. Stasyna serves as a judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions at the district and regional levels.

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