Eve Queler


Topic: The View From My Podium

Saturday October 2, 2021 at 1:00pm EDT

Maestro Eve Queler the founder and conductor emeritus of the Opera Orchestra of New York who has also led many productions in opera houses world wide, and Deborah Surdi former Executive Director of OONY, sit down with Artistic Director Stephen Scovasso to talk about Opera,  her career, and the state of the operatic art form.



Maestro Queler has been honored with the nation’s highest honor for lifetime achievement in the field of opera, as the 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Lifetime Achievement in Opera award recipient. This award recognizes the distinguished work and her accomplished career.

As a guest conductor of many European and South American orchestras, as well as through her work as music director of The Opera Orchestra of New York, Maestro Eve Queler has conducted unforgettable performances of seldom-heard operatic masterpieces, featuring internationally acclaimed casts.

Maestro Queler has conducted at the Kirov Opera in St. Petersburg, the legendary Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Hamburg and Frankfurt Operas in Germany, the Australian Opera in Sydney and the Liceu in Barcelona, Spain. In September 2009 Eve Queler conducted the opening of the Bellini Festival at the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Sicily. And in July 2010 she made her debut at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Italy conducting Madama Butterfly.

Under the direction of its founding conductor Eve Queler, Opera Orchestra of New York produced three operas-in-concert each year at Carnegie Hall, which are also often the occasion of debuts for soon to be international opera stars. Since its 1971 premier season, OONY has offered over 100 performances of more than 90 operas by great composers including Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Janacek, Wagner, Bellini and others. Due to her groundbreaking performances, many of these works are performed with more regularity in opera houses worldwide.

Among the many legendary opera singers Maestro Queler has conducted are Stephanie Blythe, Montserrat Caballe, Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Jennifer Larmore, Nicolai Gedda,  Carlo Bergonzi, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ghena Dimitrova, Piero Cappucilli, Hidegard Behrens, Leonie Rysanek, Gabriela Benackova, Aprile Millo, Renata Scotto, Dolora Zajick, Marcello Giordani and Paul Plishka.

The organization’s Young Artists Program has trained and introduced a number of talented singers, many of whom now enjoy major careers. Thirty-nine graduates are now on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera. Program alumni include Renée Fleming, Lauren Flanigan, Deborah Voigt, Vivica Genaux, Francisco Casanova and James Morris.

Opera Orchestra’s Carnegie concerts are broadcast on the syndicated program “World of Opera” on National Public Radio.