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Maestro's Corner

Maestro Domenico Boyagian hosts conversations with industry professionals

Maestro Joseph Colaneri

Renowned for his versatility, musical depth, and ability to “inspire musicians,” Joseph Colaneri is recognized as a multifaceted presence on the podium. An international conductor equally adept with operatic, oratorio and symphonic repertoire, Colaneri continues to expand his relationships with orchestras and opera companies both nationally and abroad.

Soprano Dina Kuznetsova

Dina Kuznetsova has attracted the attention of the world's major opera companies for her outstanding musicianship and compelling stage presence. Dina Kuznetsova has performed in many of the world's greatest opera houses, from the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Berlin's Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper and Munich's Bayerische Staatsoper to the San Francisco and Chicago Lyric Operas.

General Director Brendan Cooke

Brendan Cooke was appointed General Director of OperaDelaware in June 2012. Cooke joined OD from the Baltimore Concert Opera, a company he founded in 2008 in response to the collapse of the Baltimore Opera Company. Cooke and his board of directors launched this start-up opera company with $700 in personal funds. Under his leadership, BCO experienced exponential growth.


Artist Manager Ken Benson

For 25 years, he headed his own Division as Vice-President at Columbia Artists Management, Inc.. There, he developed and built the careers of some of the leading singers and stage directors of the time. While there, he earned the trust and respect of his colleagues in opera companies, symphony orchestras, recital series and festivals throughout the US and internationally.

Maestro Jorge Parodi and Pianist Howard Watkins

Internationally acclaimed conductor Jorge Parodi has worked extensively in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Read more by visiting his website at

American pianist Howard Watkins is a frequent associate of some of the world’s leading musicians on the concert stage; he’s also an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera.

Baritone Young Kwang Yoo

The New York Times wrote for his portrayal of Sharpless, “His solid baritone voice and stolid bearing suited Sharpless.” Opera News stated “He provided sturdy, empathetic presence.” Also, the Operawire hailed his role, Escamillo, for “The stand-out performance of the evening came from baritone Young-Kwang Yoo.” and the ConcertoNet wrote “Escamillo could be the least attractive of the quartet, but Young-Kwang has such a magnificent voice that his toreador is terrific.”

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