Gregory Ortega

Gregory Ortega

Conductor

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«The conducting by Maestro Gregory Ortega was extraordinary. The lyrical passages were secure, preludes inspiring, the comedic passages heel kicking, and the music for Ulrica’s lair was bone chilling!»
Daily Eagle (2016)
«...while the music lifted the entire enterprise to sublime heights, especially in the great second Act "Bruderlein". This was music making of the highest order. Conductor Gregory Ortega had this style down pat. Indeed, the single most impressive factor in this production was the muscial conception and it's realization!»
P. Dildine (2016)
«Maestro Gregory Ortega gave us a performance to cherish. Under Maestro Ortega’s baton, the musicians played with all the expansiveness, fire and fury that the composer demanded in the score. The audience gave a standing ovation.»
Italian Tribune (2016)

Bio

GREGORY ORTEGA   I studied music at Hunter College. I have studied Harmony and Solfeggio with Louise Talma (American Institue, Fontainbleau). Voice with Russel Oberlin; Piano with Rosario Andino, Herbert Stessin (Juilliard) and Edward Edson; Conducting with Clayton Westerman (Hunter College, Spoletto); Stagecraft and Design with Charles Elson (Metropolitan Opera) and Albert Johnson (Carousel, My Fair Lady); Composition with Louise Talma, Donald Lybert and Myron Fink. While as a freshman at Hunter, I founded the Hunter College Opera Theatre in cooperation with the Hunter College Concert Bureau (Omus Hirschbeim, Director) and Hunter Arts. During my four years at Hunter, I produced and conducted Puccini's «La Boheme» and «Manon Lescaut» and Mozart's «The Abduction from the Seraglio». I have conducted for most of the small major Opera houses in New York City, Boston and Florida including the Opera Company of Boston (Opera New England), Treasure Coast Opera, the Brooklyn Opera Society, and theBel Canto Opera for which I conducted two U.S. premieres: Rossini's «La Pietra del Paragone» and Glinka's«A Life for the Tsar», along with Meyerbeer's «Les Hugenots», Halevy's «La Juive,» Offenbach's «Les 66» and «Une Demosielle en Lotterie». I have conducted Regina Opera's productions of Verdi's «La Traviata,» «Il Trovatore» Puccini's «La Boheme», «Tosca» and «Madama Butterfly», "Manon Lescaut" Bizet's «Carmen,» (which I have also directed), Leoncavallo's «I Pagliacci,» Lehars' «The Merry Widow» and J.Strauss's «Die Fledermaus»; the Long Island Lyric Opera's production of Bizet's «Carmen:; the Korean-American Opera's productions of «I Pagliacci», «La Boheme» and «La Traviata»; The New Rochelle's Opera productions of «Tosca», «I Paglicacci» «Madama Butterfly», «The Student Prince», «Rigoletto» «Cavalleria», «La Boheme», «The Telephone» and «Die Fledermaus»; Richard Owen's «Mary Dyer» for the New York Lyric Opera in it's new home in the Purchase Performing Arts Center, Purchase N.Y.; A Gala Concert for the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera at the Park Theatre in Union City featuring Metropolitan Opera Artists (Franco Bonanome, Abe Polokoff, Eugenio Fernandi and Lynn Owen); Verdi's «Un Ballo in Maschera» for the Brooklyn Lyric Opera and «The Merry Widow», «The Student Prince», «The Barber of Seville» «La Traviata» and «Die Fledermaus» for The Treasure Coast Opera; «Amahl and the Night Visitors» for Il Piccolo Teatro dell
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