Opera Colorado has announced the appointment of conductor Ari Pelto as its Music Director: the first in the company’s history. Ari will serve as Music Director designee from 1 July 2015 and will officially take helm on 1 July 2016.
Ari Pelto first worked with Opera Colorado in 2013, when he conducted Don Giovanni there. The relationship between the conductor and the company has flourished ever since. Ari still remembers this first cooperation well: “From the first moments rehearsing Don Giovanni with the singers, orchestra and chorus of Opera Colorado in the spring of 2013, I knew this was a company to love.”
The new Music Director joins General Director Greg Carpenter, who reflects on their past collaborations and future joint endeavours: “Working with Ari Pelto over the past two years has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my tenure at Opera Colorado. He is a talented conductor who is admired by both the singers and the Opera Colorado Orchestra, and his musical network is vast. Ari has embraced our community of supporters and they too have welcomed him as part of our family. He is the exact partner I need in creating an exhilarating future for Opera Colorado.”
Read Opera Colorado’s press release here.