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DANIELA CANDILLARI

COMPOSER : : CONDUCTOR

 
 
 
Some of the most wondrous music-making emerged from the orchestra, conductor Daniela Candillari bringing forth poetically turned phrases and shimmering instrumental color.
— Howard Reich, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

ABOUT

Photo credit: Damjan Svarc

Photo credit: Damjan Svarc

Conductor Daniela Candillari continues to be recognized for her dynamic and compelling performances at opera houses and concert stages throughout North America and Europe. Her 2019-20 season features a number of important debuts, including her New York Philharmonic debut conducting Thomson’s The Mother of us All at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She makes her mainstage debut at Arizona Opera in November conducting Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers, which she led in previous seasons with both the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Minnesota Opera. Following her acclaimed performances of Acquanetta with the PROTOTYPE Festival, Candillari returns to New York in January to conduct Rev. 23, produced by Trinity Wall Street and directed by James Darrah. An avid educator, she spent the summer of 2019 conducting the West Coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain at the Music Academy of the West. She makes her debut at the Mannes School of Music this season for performances of The Turn of the Screw, and returns to the Manhattan School of Music for a new production of Martha. Candillari makes her debut with Cincinnati Opera in the summer of 2020 for the company’s 100th Anniversary season, leading Dvořák’s Rusalka.

Recent engagements include her debut with Los Angeles Opera for Ellen Reid’s Pulitzer Prize winning opera, prism, Opera Philadelphia in a new production of Rene Orth’sEmpty the House, her Boston conducting debut in the world premiere of PermaDeath, and her Asian debut in Hong Kong conducting Du Yun’s Pulitzer Prize winning opera,Angel’s Bone. She appeared in concert with Trinity Wall Street’s NOVUS NY Festival to open their 2018 season in celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial, and returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2019 for Jack Perla’s An American Dream.

In past seasons Candillari has collaborated with Matthew Aucoin on his opera Crossingfor The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s NEXT WAVE Festival and Vasily Petrenko on a production of Falstaff with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic featuring Sir Bryn Terfel. In addition to leading workshops for Arizona Opera (The Copper Queen) and Opera Philadelphia (Double Exposure), she workshopped Rachel Peters’ and Royce Vavrek’s opera Wild Beast of the Bungalow and gave the first public presentation of Hannah Lash’s opera Beowulf at the Center for Contemporary Opera. Candillari conducted the world premiere of Stefania de Kenessey’s Bonfire of the Vanities at the Museo del Barrio in New York.

As a composer, Candillari has been commissioned by artists including instrumentalists from the Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, and Pittsburgh Symphonies, as well as the three resident orchestras of Lincoln Center - the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the New York City Ballet. A champion of contemporary repertoire, Candillari founded her own chamber orchestra Gravity Shift in New York City in order to bring traditional repertoire to new audiences.

A native of Slovenia, Candillari holds a Doctorate in Musicology from the Universität für Musik in Vienna, a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a Master of Music and Bachelor in Piano Performance from the Universität für Musik in Graz. She was a Fulbright Scholarship recipient and was subsequently awarded a TED Fellowship.

 

NEWS

 
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“10 MONTHS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERTS YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS”
- THE NEW YORK TIMES

Projects in New York City included in Fall Preview by Zachary Woolfe:
- "Desire" by Hannah Lash at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University;
- "The Mother of Us All" with The Juilliard School & New York Philharmonic at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York;
- Dai Fujikura Composer Portrait with International Contemporary Ensemble;
- and "Martha" at the Manhattan School of Music.

Photo credit: Phil Channing

Photo credit: Phil Channing

“COLD MOUNTAIN” -
VOICE MAGAZINE

“Conductor Daniela Candillari helmed the formidable forces of the Academy Festival Orchestra in the Granada’s orchestra pit with the authority of one who knows Higdon’s score by heart. And what a score! Imaginative orchestral colors, evocative use of tuned and mallet percussion, beautiful melodies, and scorching sounds of horrific surprise.” - Daniel Kepl, VOICE MAGAZINE


Photo credit: Phil Channing

Photo credit: Phil Channing

“COLD MOUNTAIN” -
THE SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT

“From the pit, an awesome sound arose as conductor Daniela Candillari led the academy’s fellows through the complex yet always direct and emotionally grounded score.” - Charles Donelan, THE SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT


BEHIND THE SCENES

Jennifer Higdon’s “Cold Mountain” at Music Academy of the West


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“ACQUANETTA” CD RELEASED

”Acquanetta” by Michael Gordon and Deborah Artman is available on all streaming platforms.


Photo credit: Dario Acosta

Photo credit: Dario Acosta

DANIELA CANDILLARI FEATURED IN OPERA NEWS

”An up-and-coming conductor finds equal inspiration in tradition and novelty.”
By Louise T. Guinther



Photo credit: William M. Brown

Photo credit: William M. Brown

“RIDERS TO THE SEA/EMPTY THE HOUSE” -
OPERA NEWS

“Conductor Daniela Candillari drew deserved cheers from the audience and her cast for making a well-prepared case for two such different and challenging works.” - David Shengold, OPERA NEWS


Photo credit: William M. Brown

Photo credit: William M. Brown

“RIDERS TO THE SEA/EMPTY THE HOUSE” -
BACHTRACK

“As always, the Curtis Orchestra played brilliantly, and Daniela Candillari conducted as if she had known these two operas forever.” - Susan Gould, BACHTRACK


Photo credit: William M. Brown

Photo credit: William M. Brown

“RIDERS TO THE SEA/EMPTY THE HOUSE” -
PARTERRE

”The Curtis Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Daniela Candillari, shaped Vaughan Williams’ score with exceptional clarity. […] Candillari and the orchestra performed superbly.” - David Fox, PARTERRE


Photo credit: Damjan Svarc

Photo credit: Damjan Svarc

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN - 5 QUESTIONS

“My path to conducting was perhaps somewhat unpredictable, though looking back now, I can see the dots connect. I started playing piano when I was 5 years old. It was my first contact with music, and it started through my grandmother who was an opera singer. Before I started formal education in music, I knew for instance how to play “Habanera” from Carmen and would very often listen to tapes of operas and operettas and try to find the melodies on the piano.”


PULITZER PRIZE FOR ELLEN REID’S “PRISM”

“COMPOSER ELLEN REID'S p r i s m, a dramatically and sonically daring opera about the effects of sexual and emotional abuse, has won this year's Pulitzer Prize for music. 

The work, which features libretto by Roxie Perkins, had its world premiere in November 2018 as part of LA Opera's Off Grand initiative before coming to New York in January as part of the 2019 Prototype Festival. Produced by Beth Morrison Projects in association with Trinity Church Wall Streetp r i s m was staged by director James Darrah and was conducted by Julian Wachner and Daniela Candillari.”


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“AN AMERICAN DREAM” - REVIEWS

Some of the most wondrous music-making emerged from the orchestra, conductor Daniela Candillari bringing forth poetically turned phrases and shimmering instrumental color. - Howard Reich, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

From the sprays of harp, piano and strings that evoked the natural beauty of Puget Sound in the orchestral prelude, the 15-member orchestra under the confident shaping hand of conductor Daniela Candillari supported the five singers with atmospheric splashes of color. - John von Rhein, CHICAGO CLASSICAL REVIEW


MUSIC IN “AN AMERICAN DREAM”

An introduction to the music for AN AMERICAN DREAM by Jack Perla and Jessica Murphy Moo.

Performances: Lyric Opera of Chicago, March 15 & 17, 2019

Production: Matthew Ozawa


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“ANGEL’S BONE” TOPS THE BEST STAGE SHOWS YEAR LIST IN HONG KONG


“Composed by Shanghai-born and New York-based Du Yun, the Pulitzer-winning piece is a hard-hitting commentary on human trafficking and a gritty portrayal of human vulnerability and greed. A cash-strapped couple find a pair of angels that have fallen into their backyard, but instead of helping them they turn the heavenly creatures into tools to make money.”


Photo credit: Maria Baranova

Photo credit: Maria Baranova

“ACQUANETTA” LISTED AS ONE OF TOP 10 PERFORMANCES IN 2018

”In any other season without a concert from Daniil Trifonov, Acquanetta would have stood head and shoulders above every other classical experience. Conceptually, Michael Gordon’s opera presented and completed the essential task of bringing together the premiere dramatic art form of the 19th Century—opera—with that of the 20th, film. And as one has come to expect from this great and strangely underrated composer, the music was gripping, both emotionally and physically. Add Mikaela Bennett’s riveting performance, and one had an unforgettable experience.”


WORKING IN THE THEATER - CHAMBER OPERA

New episode of WORKING IN THE THEATER focuses on Chamber Opera. It features Michael Gordon and members of the “Acquanetta” team, as well as makers of “The Echo Drift” by Mikael Karlsson, and our course our producer, Beth Morrison.

Produced and directed by Margarita Jimeno.