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John Moriarty (Conductor)

Born: September 30, 1930 - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA

The American conductor, John Moriarty, received B.M. with highest honours, honorary D.Mus. from New England Conservatory of Music. He studied at Brandeis University, Mills College. His studied piano with Egon Petri and Carlo Zecchi; French vocal literature with Pierre Bernac.

John Moriarty has conducted and stage directed productions at opera companies throughout the USA. He was artistic director of Central City Opera through the 1997-1998, at the conclusion of which - after 20 years with the company - he was named artistic director emeritus. He has been artistic administrator at the Santa Fe Opera and the Washington Opera Society, and administered apprentice artist programs at Santa Fe, Lake George, Wolf Trap, and Central City. He has been conductor and/or stage director with these companies and with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Colorado Symphony, Boston Lyric Opera, and Oklahoma City Opera.

John Moriarty has long been known as one of USA’s most distinguished vocal coaches and accompanists. He has conducted master-classes and workshops across the USA and at the NATS national convention. He has been piano soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, and Radio Eireann Orchestra of Dublin.

John Moriarty has had numerous articles published and is the author of Diction. Together with Professor Duane A. Smith of Fort Lewis College in Durango, he is co-author of the book The Ballad of Baby Doe, a study of the Central City Opera and its production history (University Press of Colorado, 1997?).

Recordings: on Cambridge Records, Newport Classics, and Parnassus. He conducted six orchestral recordings for Cambridge records in 1969, 1970 and 1971, including the first recording of George Frideric Handel’s opera Tamerlano. He accompanied Carole Bogard on three recital records covering Gabriel Fauré and Debussy, Georges Bizet Charles Gounod, Charpentier and Le Groupe des Six. Most recently (1998) he conducted the Central City Opera recording of The Ballad of Baby Doe (Newport Classics).

Source: Liner notes to Parnassus CD PACD-96-020 (Carole Bogard – Baroque Cantatas & Arias, 1998); Meghan Sills (Assistant to the Director of Productions - Boston Lyric Opera, November 2004); New England Conservatory Website; International Who's Who in Music & Musicians’ Directory (13th Edition, 1992/93)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2001, November 2004, November 2005)

John Moriarty: Short Biography | Chamber Orchestra of Copenhagen | Recordings of Vocal Works

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Street named for musical great John Moriarty (The Herald News)

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