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Carole Charnow, General Director

Carole Charnow received her BA from Emerson College and her MA in stage directing from London University. For fifteen years she worked as a professional director, singer, and Equity TV, film, and stage actress in London, England. As joint artistic director of Moving Target Theatre Company, she produced five UK premieres, including Rebel in Paradise by Howard Zinn. The company’s original commission of Olwen Wymark’s Brezhnev’s Children, published by Samuel French, was performed at the Young Vic Theatre in London and the Edinburgh Festival. Ms. Charnow returned to Boston in 1996 to take up her position at Opera Boston, and has presided over a period of unprecedented growth and artistic achievement. She has produced thirty operas to date, eight of which were named amongst the “Best Opera in Boston” by The Boston Globe. Carole produced H.M.S. Pinafore on the USS Constitution, and South Pacific on the USS Cassin Young, two signature free events, which attracted over 20,000 audience members. She is also co-director of the Opera Unlimited Festival.

Gil Rose, Music Director

Gil Rose is recognized as one of a new generation of American conductors shaping the future of classical music. His orchestral and operatic performances and recordings have been recognized by critics and fans alike. In 1996, Gil Rose founded the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), one of the few professional orchestras in the country dedicated exclusively to performing music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Under his leadership, BMOP's unique programming and high performance standards have attracted critical acclaim and earned the ensemble seven ASCAP awards for adventurous programming. Since 2003, Mr. Rose has also served as Music Director of Opera Boston, an innovative opera company in residence at the historic Cutler Majestic Theatre. Opera Boston has been named “Best in Boston” by The Boston Globe for seven consecutive years.

As a guest conductor, Mr. Rose made his Tanglewood Festival debut in 2002 conducting Lukas Foss' opera Griffelkin, a work he recorded for Chandos and released in 2003 to rave reviews. Last year he made his guest debut with the Netherlands Radio Symphony conducting three world premieres as part of the Holland Festival. He has led the American Composers Orchestra, the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, as well as recent appearances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players including a performance with this renowned ensemble at the Seiji Ozawa Hall 10th Anniversary Concert.

In June 2003, BMOP and Opera Boston together launched the much-celebrated Opera Unlimited, a ten-day contemporary opera festival featuring five operas and three world premieres. Mr. Rose led the world premiere of Elena Ruehr's Toussaint Before the Spirits, the New England premiere of Thomas Ades' Powder Her Face, as well as the revival of John Harbison's A Full Moon in March with “skilled and committed direction” according to The Boston Globe.

Also recognized for interpreting standard operatic repertoire, Mr. Rose's production of Verdi's Luisa Miller was hailed as an important operatic event. The Boston Phoenix said “Gil Rose proved himself a superb Verdian, thinking out both the subtle details of small phrases and the sweep of entire scenes.” The Boston Globe recognized the production as “the best Verdi production presented in Boston in the last 15 years.” Mr. Rose's recording of Samuel Barber's Vanessa for Naxos (the first recording since the premiere) has been hailed as an important achievement by the international press. He was chosen as the “Best Conductor of 2003” by Opera Online.

Mr. Rose received his undergraduate training at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. His Master of Fine Arts degree and Artist Diploma are from Carnegie Mellon University, where his teachers were Samuel Jones, Juan Pablo Izquierdo and Robert Page.

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