Mr. and Mrs. Albert B. Alkek
Conductor; Music Director of HGO Studio (United States)
HGO Appearances: In previous seasons: Performances of La bohème (2012), Tosca (2010), Rigoletto (2009), The Elixir of Love (2009), Beatrice and Benedict (2008), Aida (2007), Carmen (2006), and The Marriage of Figaro (2005). HGO Studio artist (2002–04). HGO associate music director (2011 to present).
About the Artist: Eric Melear oversees the music staff and preparation of all the musical activities of Houston Grand Opera. He serves as music director of the HGO Studio, auditioning singers, guiding their musical development on a daily and seasonal basis, and programming their role assignments, recitals, Studio Showcase, and major concerts. As a member of the Artistic Planning Committee, he is active in casting and choosing future repertoire. Previously, he was on the music staff of Vienna State Opera, where he conducted two children’s operas and assisted on fourteen productions. With Wolf Trap Opera, he served as head of music staff and Studio manager, assisted Stephen Lord on Carmen and La bohème with the National Symphony Orchestra, prepared regular season productions, and led new productions of Alcina (2008) and Il Turco in Italia (2010). Following his conducting debut in La traviata with Oregon Lyric Opera (2005), he served as that company’s resident conductor. In 2006, the Sir Georg Solti Foundation presented him with its prestigious award for young conductors, resulting in work with Patrick Summers, Gustav Meier, and the late Sir Charles Mackerras.
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