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Eve Queler, founder and creator of The Opera Orchestra Of New York, celebrated her 100th Carnegie Hall performance as Music Director during the 2007-2008 season. She is internationally known for her ground-breaking work with Opera Orchestra, and her extensive work as a guest conductor of symphonic and opera repertoire in venues that span the international musical world.

She has conducted many rarely performed operas, bringing them to the attention of the American public and introducing them to the standard repertoire. Standing out among her many successes are Wagner’s Rienzi, Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini, Smetana’s Dalibor, and Strauss’ Die Liebe der Danae.

Maestro Queler was the first conductor in the U.S. to perform Mussorgsky’s unfinished Khovanshchina with orchestration by Shostakovich. She also introduced other Russian operas into the U.S. including Ivan Susannin, Mazeppa and The Tsar’s Bride. She presented the first Czech-language performances of Janácek’s Katya Kabanovav (1979), Jenůfa (1988) and Dvorak’s Rusalka (1987). These operas are now part of the repertoire throughout the U.S. and are sung in the original Czech.

Eve Queler has guest conducted opera companies worldwide, including:

•  Mazeppa with the Kirov Opera in St. Petersburg, Russia
•  Don Pasquale with the Hamburg Oper
•  Tancredi with the Frankfurt Oper
•  Fidelio, Jenůfa and La traviata with Oper Bonn
•  Der fliegende Holländer in Kassel
•  The Abduction from the Seraglio with the Australian Opera in Sydney
•  I vespri siciliani and Parisina d’Este at the Liceu in Barcelona and Nice Opera.

She has also guest conducted Anna Bolena with the San Diego Opera; La bohème with the Utah Opera; I puritani in Royal Festival Hall, London; Lakmé in Caracas; and Tales of Hoffmann in South Africa and Quebec City. In 2004 she led Rossini’s Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra at Buenos Aires’ legendary Teatro Colón.

Her opera gala concerts have included performances at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, and with the Honolulu Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the National Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

She has conducted numerous symphony orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Rome Opera, Montreal Symphony and San Antonio Symphony. Most recently, Maestro Queler conducted the Orchestra Sinfonia Siciliana in Palermo, Italy, in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 and Poulenc’s Piano Concerto.

Maestro Queler has been named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (one of the highest awards presented by the French government) for her commitment to French operas. She has also received the Sanford Medal, Yale University’s highest musical honor. Maestro Queler was designated as one of the four recipients of the 2010 NEA Opera Honors, in recognition of her focus on rarely performed operas and for her dedication to emerging singers, which she had brought to her work as music director of The Opera Orchestra of New York, and which she continues as Founder & Conductor Laureate. The NEA Honor is the highest Award our nation bestows in opera. She is also a recipient of the 2012 Opera Index Achievement Award.

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