About this Artist
HENRI VENANZI is in his tenth season leading the Opera Pacific Chorus. He provides artistic leadership to the company's Education and Outreach Program; in that capacity he conducted Opera Pacific's memorable production of Brundibar. For two years, he has provided musical direction to the company's Opera Camp, conducting productions of The Piper of Hamelin and Cinderella. He has prepared choruses for both La bohème and Madame Butterfly at the Hollywood Bowl, directs the opera program at Cal State Long Beach, serves as chorusmaster for the Cincinnati Opera and is music director of the Cincinnati Opera American Artists Program. A graduate of the highly respected Cincinnati Conservatory, Mr. Venanzi has worked with Michigan Opera Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, Omaha Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, and Fort Worth Opera. In demand as an accompanist and vocal coach, he has performed in Carnegie Hall, recorded with Martina Arroyo and appeared on The Tonight Show with Kathleen Battle.