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Jay Meetze

    Jay Meetze is lauded for his “passionate and undeniably impressive command of performances” and “sympathetic leadership of the forces of the OCB.” (Metropolitan Opera’sOpera News). He founded Opera Company of Brooklyn in 2000 and serves as the Artistic & Music Director. Opera News named his Grammy-nominated CD “BEST OF THE YEAR” and “CRITIC’SCHOICE,” recorded on Albany Records and features music by and with Thomas Pasatieri, whose many film orchestrations include Finding Nemo, Little Mermaid, Shawshank Redemption and American Beauty. The CD is sung by San Francisco Opera Center’s Director Sheri Greenawald and Manhattan School of Music’s Ashley Putnam.

    Meetze graduated from Michigan State University, majoring in vocal music education. His understanding of the singing voice and rapport with artists made him a sought-after conductor. He received a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music on a full scholarship. Meetze’ travels led him to Glimmerglass, Tanglewood and the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv. He loved the artists and wanted to showcase them before NYC audiences. After conducting with the American Symphony Orchestra League, which led to jobs in Lucca, Italy and others, Meetze moved to Manhattan to start an accessible opera company, Opera Company of Brooklyn.

    His innovative vision for opera, featured on the Jeopardy quiz show, is to reach out to the thousands of “non-traditional” patrons who enjoy opera but who may not feel comfortable in a large opera house. He takes highly talented artists, many of whom are enjoying national and international careers, to audiences who prefer casual attire and socializing with the artists.

    On Good Morning America with MythBusters, Meetze provided artists to demonstrate that the voice only breaks crystal when artists sing the pitch of the glass and then amplify it. His performances and programming have received much favorable coverage in the media.

    Artists who know his work: Martina Arroyo, Mignon Dunn, Simon Estes, Carlisle Floyd, Denyce Graves, Elaine Malbin, Itzhak Perlman, Joseph Rescigno, Ira Siff, Frederica Von Stade, Richard Woitach, Francesca Zambello.