Lucy Arner, conductor
Conductor LUCY ARNER brings to the podium a special affinity for Italian and French opera that is enhanced by her vast experience working in some of the world’s greatest opera houses such as the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and the Metropolitan Opera.
Known as “a true singer’s conductor,” Lucy Arner made her professional debut in 1996 conducting Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Menotti’s The Telephone at the Teatro Mancinelli in Orvieto, Italy. Ms. Arner has conducted opera and concerts all over the world, and was the first woman to conduct opera in Mexico City’s historic Palacio de Bellas Artes. She was appointed Artistic Director of the New York Chamber Opera in November 2000, making her debut with the company conducting an exciting and controversial production of Britten’s Rape of Lucretia. Under her direction, the Chamber Opera carved out a unique niche in New York’s operatic landscape, presenting works like Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Time Out Magazine called it “a novel, timely interpretation by the innovative New York Chamber Opera, led by gifted conductor Lucy Arner”.
Ms. Arner made her South American debut in Lima, Perú with a new production of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly in 2001, followed by Verdi’s Il Trovatore and Puccini’s Tosca. As reviewed in Lima’s El Comercio “Lucy Arner conducted the orchestra revealing impeccable technique as well as a profound knowledge of the style and the score.” She made her New York City Opera debut conducting scenes from Richard Danielpour’s new opera Margaret Garner and led “an elegant reading of Mozart’s Magic Flute” for Mexico’s Festival Internacional Tamaulipas, as described by ProOpera Magazine.
Lucy Arner was the interim Music Director of the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston during the 2008-09 season, conducting Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and critically acclaimed performances of Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas. Recent engagements include La Bohème, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Madama Butterfly for Opera Camerata in Washington, DC, Ned Rorem’s Our Town for Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, Ms. Arner’s alma mater, Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Mexico City’s Teatro de Bellas Artes, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore and Don Pasquale in Tel Aviv, a double bill of Pagliacci and Suor Angelica for New Zealand’s Canterbury Opera, and performances of Le Nozze di Figaro in Italy for Opera Ischia and in Monterrey, Mexico, Cosí fan tutte and Die Zauberflöte for Opera Naples, Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León in Mexico and conducted a Puccini double bill of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi for the Teatro Nacional Sucre in Ecuador.
Ms. Arner was invited to conduct a special televised performance of the Verdi Requiem on Good Friday in Santo Domingo, leading the Orquesta Nacional and the 140-voice Choir of the Catedral Primada de America. Ms. Arner made a sensational debut with Florida Grand Opera becoming the first Cuban woman to conduct an opera with the company and received the Henry C. Clark Distinguished Conductor Award for her work on the company’s acclaimed production of Jacques Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Opera News wrote: “Conductor Lucy Arner, making her FGO debut, scored a well-deserved success. The orchestra sounded wonderful, and she traversed the tricky patchwork of moods and meters that make up Hoffmann with apparent ease and abundant style.”