(Text courtesy of Blake Zidell and Associates and New York City Opera)
New York City Opera is pleased to announce the appointment of Myra Huang, whom Opera News has praised as “among the top accompanists of her generation” and “a colouristic tour de force,” as Head of Music Staff. The announcement comes on the eve of a 2013 season full of new productions, beginning with Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face, directed by Jay Scheib, February 15-23 at BAM.
As Head of Music Staff, Ms. Huang will oversee the rehearsal of singers and other activities of the music staff, and played a key role in this season’s casting. Ms. Huang was a member of the Company’s music staff from September 2004 through June 2006, and returned to the staff last season, but as a freelancer. The Head of Music Staff position had been eliminated in June 2011, and is now back on a full-year, part-time basis.
New York City Opera General Manager and Artistic Director George Steel said of the appointment, “I am thrilled not only to see the artistic staff growing, but to welcome Myra back to it, and to have her in this more senior position after her years of work with the company. She first joined the staff, as assistant conductor, just a few years into a career that is still very young, and already so rich with accomplishment. I admire her taste, rigor and excellence.”
Ms. Huang commented, “I am delighted to return to NYC Opera as Head of Music Staff. It is a great privilege to be a part of NYC Opera’s artistic process, and to contribute to its longstanding tradition of launching talented singers into their careers.”
As a pianist, Myra Huang regularly performs in recitals and chamber music concerts around the world. Notable venues include Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House, The Metropolitan Museum, The Supreme Court, La Scala in Milan, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society Concerts and The University of Chicago Presents series, to name a few.
In addition to New York City Opera, Ms. Huang has served on the music staffs of the Washington National Opera and Opera Pacific. Among the conductors she has worked with are James Conlon, Plácido Domingo, Riccardo Frizza, Richard Hickox, Christopher Hogwood, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Oren, Robert Spano, Patrick Summers and Xian Zhang. From 2006 until 2008 she was a member of the music staff at the Palau De Les Arts in Valencia, Spain, where she worked closely with Artistic Director Lorin Maazel and Director Zubin Mehta. She is a staff pianist for the Operalia competition, directed by Plácido Domingo at opera houses around the world including La Scala in Milan, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Opera House of the National Grand Theater in Beijing and Teatro Real in Madrid. She studied at The Juilliard School and The Manhattan School of Music.
The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe and Time Out NY, among others, named her album Winter Words, with tenor Nicholas Phan, among the best classical recordings of 2011. Her album Paysages, with soprano Susanna Phillips, garnered similar acclaim.
Message from me: Congratulations and here’s to many years of music staff heading!