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In January 2015, Opera Theatre of Montclair presented its first full-length production with orchestra, Verdi's NABUCCO.  The production was staged by Sabrina Palladino and conducted by Maestro Daniele Tirilli.  Costumes were created by Lisa Krizner-George.  Sets were designed by Joyce Korotkin and Theresa DeSalvio.  It took place in the historic sanctuary of The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair in Montclair, New Jersey, USA.  It played to a sold-out crowd for four nights. A video of the cast of January 23 and 31 can be accessed here:


video of January 23 & 31, 2015


Nabucco - Samuel Bolshoi

Abigaille - Rosa D'Imperio

Zaccaria - Stephan Kirchgraber

Ismaele - Benjamin Sloman

Fenena - Bernadette LaFond

Abdallo - Theron Cromer

Il Gran Sacerdote - Michael Alworth

NABUCCO - video of January 24, 2015


Nabucco - Peter Hakjoon Kim
Abigaille - Mithra Mastropierro
Zaccaria - Steven Fredericks
Ismaele - Paolo Buffagni
Fenena - Hannah Kramer
Abdallo - Benjamin Robinson
Il Gran Sacerdote - Ilberto Lagana

Saturday, January 31, is SOLD OUT

The chorus of Nabucco is known for being just as difficult and lengthy as any principal operatic role.  Many members of OTM's chorus have been rehearsing since last August.

Many thanks to Gwen Orel and Adam Anik of The Montclair Times for preparing this article. 



Opera Theatre of Montclair is honored to announce that the conductor for our inaugural full-length, fully-staged opera with orchestra will be Daniele Tirilli.  Maestro Tirilli started his musical education with Gabriella Panichi, and under his guidance studied composition and organ. Subsequently he studied choral conducting with Adone Zecchi and took advanced training in singing technique with Alain Billard and Antonietta Stella. He studied the interpretation and style of belcanto and Italian Opera at the Studienzentrum with Peter Berne.

As an opera singer, he won several competitions, including the Giovani Cantanti Europei per L’opera Lirica and the Tito Gobbi International Singing Contest.  He has recorded for the record label Bongiovanni and for RAI (Italian State Radio) and has sung in numerous international theaters (Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Vienna, Catania, Tokyo, Sofia, Paris, Rome and Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana).

He completed studies in orchestral conducting with Maestro Donato Renzetti.  In 2005, Maestro Tirilli conducted a gala recital as part of the Maria Callas Festival in Sirmione. For the inauguration of the Versace show “il Genio della Moda e l’Arte”, Daniele conducted the Mozart Mass in C minor and the Verdi Requiem, gaining him much critical praise. In January 2006 he served as assistant to Maestro Salmieri for the performances of Nabucco and La Traviata at the Festspielhaus in Salzburg.  At the opera festival in Brescia, he conducted Verdi’s Aida with the Ensemble Opera di Roma and later Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Orchestra Gavazzeni and the Mozart Requiem with Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana.  Other works conducted include Beethoven’s 7th and 8th symphonies, Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov, Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Manfred and Rhenish Symphony, the wind octet l’Apollon Musagète and L’Histoire du Soldat by Stravinsky, Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, the Brahms’s Tragische Ouvertüre and Akademische Festouvertüre, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1, 

and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerti No. 1 and No. 2.

Maestro Tirilli has collaborated with Maestro Renzetti in several productions, including Ponchielli’s La Gioconda at the Arena di Verona, Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Rome Opera House, Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust and Verdi’s Aida at ABAO (Bilbao) and Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

In March 2014, he taught master classes at Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, where he also conducted their production of Mozart's Don Giovanni. He will conduct their production of Verdi's Rigoletto in March 2015.

Maestro Tirilli is the President of the Teatro Morlacchi in Perugia and headed an effort to reopen the theatre in 2011 after it had been closed for sixty years.   He has  recently served as an assistant to Maestro Bruno Bartoletti, Maestro Kent Nagano at the Bayerische Staatsoper in preparation for Les dialogues des carmélites of Poulenc and Maestro Ralf Weikert during the production of R. Strauss' Salome at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.