Bruce Stasyna, Conductor
San Diego Opera, Washington Concert Opera
Boston Lyric Opera, Vero Beach Opera
A "highly skilled conductor, choral technician, pianist, vocal coach and music administrator," Bruce Stasyna was recently awarded the position of Chorus Master position at the San Diego Opera. In his new position, Stasyna will oversee all matters relating to the preparation of the San Diego Opera Chorus, as well as the music administration of San Diego Opera and will be the main point of contact between the Opera and the San Diego Symphony.
Stasyna begins his second season as Music Director for the Vero Beach Opera, conducting Die Fledermaus, serving as chorus master for Semiramide and La Favorite for Washington Concert Opera and performing concerts with artists from Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts and the Marcello Giordani Foundation. He will serve as official pianist for the inaugural Deborah Voigt International Vocal Competition and joins the roster of Boston Lyric Opera as cover conductor for La Bohème and Werther. Mr. Stasyna has served as Chorus Master for New York City Opera, the Minnesota Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and as Artistic Director of the Green Mountain Opera Festival.
For The Rape of Lucretia, Opera News wrote “Green Mountain Opera Festival Artistic Director Bruce Stasyna led the excellent 13-piece professional orchestra in a deft performance of this spicy score.” The Classical Review acknowledged “superb work from the chorus” for NYCO’s La Périchole and the North American premiere of Anna Nicole. The Washington Post proclaimed Mr. Stasyna had “done an excellent job honing the skills of the chorus” for Washington Concert Opera’s Attila, and for Adriana Lecouvreur, The Washington Times noted that Stasyna had prepared “… an excellent chorus, effectively used”. For Minnesota Opera’s production of Nixon in China, Opera News commented that “the outstanding artistry of the company chorus must be mentioned”, and for his debut as Artistic Director of the Green Mountain Opera Festival “Bruce Stasyna overcame many obstacles to present a highly effective Don Giovanni”.
Mr. Stasyna has conducted Albert Herring, Così Fan Tutte, Don Pasquale, Le Nozze di Figaro, Little Women, Orlando, The Rape of Lucretia, Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi, Il Tabarro and Die Zauberflöte. He has performed chamber music with members of the Charlotte Symphony, and given recitals with Maria Aleida, Jeanine De Bique, Jan Cornelius, Marcello Giordani, Megan Marino, Susan Neves, Ashley Thouret, and Deborah Voigt. He served six seasons as Head Coach and Director of the Young Artist Program at Palm Beach Opera. Palm Beach Daily News wrote “among the many heroes and heroines, the unsung hero of the evening was pianist Bruce Stasyna, who accompanied each singer with remarkable musical empathy and memorable (yet unobtrusive) technical skills.”
Mr. Stasyna was Head of Music for the Minnesota Opera, has conducted at New York City Opera, the Green Mountain Opera Festival, Des Moines Metro Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, Opera Roanoke and Sugar Creek Opera. He has enjoyed associations with the Minnesota Orchestra, the National Chorale and has appeared at Wolf Trap Opera as chorus master and guest artist on recital programs featuring Steven Blier. He has given chamber music performance at the Dallas Art Museum, Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, Isabel Bader Performing Arts Center, Victoria International Festival, the St. Lawrence Center for the Arts, in Guatemala City and has held artist residencies at University of Texas Butler Opera Center, Sam Houston State and Emory University. Performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio; Florida, Minnesota, Vermont Public Radio and CJRT Radio Canada. Mr. Stasyna serves as a judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions at the district and regional levels.