Eve Queler, music director


“Eve Queler doesn't just program an opera and engage singers and musicians, she invites colleagues to join together for a special project. It has the effect that one is performing as an ensemble - like a family - and this is the way it should be. She belongs to the rather small number of conductors who really understand this special instrument called voice.”

— mezzo Vesselina Kasarova in Classical Singer Magazine

As Music Director of OONY, Eve Queler has conducted over 90 operas in concert at Carnegie Hall. Standing out among her many successes as Music Director of OONY are Wagner’s Rienzi and Tristan und Isolde, Berlioz’ Benvenuto Cellini, Smetana’s Dalibor, and Strauss’ Die Liebe der Danae.  She received one of the highest awards presented by the French government when she was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture for her commitment to French operas.  Maestro Queler also received the prestigious Touchstone Award from Women In Music, Inc., in recognition of her visionary spirit as one of the “Women Who Make a Difference.”  Queler has championed many neglected Russian and Czech operas that are staples in Central Europe but virtually unknown in America.  She was the first conductor here to perform Mussorgsky’s unfinished Khovanshchina with orchestration by Shostakovich, as well as the first Czech-language performance of Janacek’s Katya Kabanova (1979), Jenůfa (1988), and Dvorak’s Rusalka (1987). 

In addition to her extensive accomplishments as a conductor of standard and rare works in both opera and symphonic repertory, Queler has given critical early exposure to many young singers who have gone on to become the foremost artists of our time: José Carreras, Renée Fleming, James Morris, and Deborah Voigt, to name a few.  Eve Queler has guest conducted worldwide, including: Mazeppa with the Kirov Opera in St. Petersburg, Russia; Don Pasquale with the Hamburg Oper; Tancredi with the Frankfurt Oper; Fidelio, Jenůfa and La traviata with Oper Bonn; Der fliegende Holländer in Kassel; The Abduction from the Seraglio with the Australian Opera in Sydney; I vespri siciliani and Parisina d’Este at the Liceu in Barcelona and Nice Opera; Anna Bolena with the San Diego Opera; La bohème with the Utah Opera; I puritani in Royal Festival Hall, London; Lakmé in Caracas; Tales of Hoffmann in South Africa and Quebec City; and opera gala concerts at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, and with the Honolulu Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic. In 2004 she led Rossini's Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra at Buenos Aires’ legendary Teatro Colón.  She has conducted numerous symphony orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Rome Opera, Montreal Symphony, and San Antonio Symphony.  A native New Yorker, Ms. Queler studied conducting with Carl Bamberger at the Mannes College of Music and with Joseph Rosenstock.  Early in her career, she served as rehearsal accompanist and coach with the Metropolitan Opera Studio and for five years was assistant conductor to Julius Rudel at the New York City Opera.

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