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Louis Salemno

Music Director

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One of the most acclaimed American conductors of his generation, Louis Salemno is renowned for the brilliant intensity, orchestral detail, sonority and rhythmic drive that are the signature of his performances. Critically acclaimed for his mastery of the grand Italian and French lyric traditions, OPERA MAGAZINE extolled, “Louis Salemno, whose tempos and dynamics were perfectly judged, is a conductor with a solid grasp of his repertory and the ability to translate his knowledge into a well-integrated performance.” OPERA MAGAZINE further praised the conductor’s “welcome vitality of spirit” and “suitably lyric phrasing when required, achieving a cohesive warmth of texture.”

Maestro Salemno’s associations include many of the world’s most important operatic venues, among them Teatro all Scala (Milan, Italy), Teatro del Liceu (Barcelona, Spain), Teatro Real (Madrid, Spain), Teatro Principal (Valencia, Spain) and in North America with Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, New York City Opera, L’Opéra de Montréal and Vancouver Opera, among others.

Maestro Salemno has served as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Serbian National Theater at Novi Sad, Artistic Director of Manitoba Opera (Canada), and Music Director of Portland Opera. Additionally, he has led productions with Opera Company of Philadelphia, New Orleans Opera, Portland Opera, Opera Pacific, Baltimore Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Austin Lyric Opera, Opera Omaha, Columbus Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Carolina, Madison Opera, Krakow Philharmonic (Poland), Capetown Symphony (South Africa), Pittsburg Symphony, Houston Symphony, Madison Symphony, and Louisville Symphony.

A native of Philadelphia, Maestro Salemno began his career as musical assistant to Max Rudolf at the Curtis Institute. A recipient of the Walter Damrosch Memorial Award for Conductors, Maestro Salemno studied with Nadia Boulanger in Fontainebleau, France. He garnered his first position as an Assistant Conductor at Barcelona’s Teatro del Liceo, followed by Teatro Real de Madrid and the Teatro Principal de Valencia. Subsequent assignments included Assistant Conductor posts with Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago (under Bruno Bartoletti), San Francisco Opera (under Kurt Herbert Adler) and Teatro all Scala di Milano, as Penderecki’s assistant.

His acclaimed collaborations include those with Jaime Aragall, Renato Bruson, Montserrat Caballe, Jose Carreras, Fiorenza Cossotto, Justino Diaz, Mignon Dunn, Renée Fleming, Leyla Gencer, Denyce Graves, Eva Marton, Waltraud Meier, Sherrill Milnes, James Morris, Juan Pons, Katia Ricciarelli, Renata Scotto, Tatiana Troyanos, Carol Vaness, and Eric Owens.

For almost a decade, he held the post of Resident Coach for the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. During the summer Maestro Salemno traveled to Valencia (Spain) to teach at the Centre de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo at the Palau de les Arts and Buenos Aires (Argetina) to give master classes for the young artists at Teatro Colon.