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Brian DeMaris

Assoc Professor and Artistic Director of Music Theatre and Opera
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Biography

Equally at home in opera and musical theatre, and involved with the development of over two dozen new works, Brian DeMaris has established a national reputation as a performer and pedagogue in a wide range of repertoire. He has worked with New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Syracuse Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Anchorage Opera, El Paso Opera, American Opera Projects, American Lyric Theater, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Music Saint Croix and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared at the United Nations, the Aspen Music Festival, Boston’s Jordan Hall, New York’s Studio 54, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Alice Tully Hall, and in recitals, competitions, and master classes throughout the United States and abroad. He is the 2nd place winner of the 2013 and 2015 American Prize in Opera and Musical Theater Conducting. Previously director of opera and musical theatre at Ithaca College and Music Director of Mill City Summer Opera, he currently serves as Artistic Director of Music Theatre and Opera at Arizona State University and Principal Conductor of the Anchorage Opera in Alaska.

DeMaris has also taught at Aspen Music Festival,New England Conservatory School of Continuing Education, Lawrence University, George Mason University's International Opera Alliance, the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, and "Meet the Artist" at Lincoln Center. He has served on numerous panels with Opera America and the National Opera Association, and presented master classes with the National Association of Teachers of Singing, New York State Music Teachers Association, New York State School Music Association and the Arizona Music Educators Association. He's presented master classes at numerous universities and programs across the U.S., and his students have performed on Broadway, film and television, and at opera companies and festivals throughout the world.

A frequent performer and advocate of contemporary music, he conducted the Middle Eastern premiere of Mark Adamo's Little Womenwith the Israel Chamber Orchestra at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, as well as the world premiere of Stefan Weisman's Darklingwith American Opera Projects at the Classical Stage Company with additional performances in Gniezno, Poland, at Frei Universität in Berlin, Germany, the New York City Opera VOX Festival and the United Nations. He also leads the world premiere recording of Darkling, released on Albany Records in 2011. DeMaris was also involved with the professional American premiere of Richard Rodney Bennett’ s Mines of Sulphurat Glimmerglass Opera, which was broadcast on NPR and BBC, released on the Chandos label, and nominated for a Grammy Award, as well as the world premieres of Peter Ash's The Golden Ticket and John Corigliano's revised version of The Ghosts of Versaillesat Opera Theater of Saint Louis, for which he provided assistance with the preparation of the published piano-vocal score through G. Schirmer. He has worked with Beth Morrison Projects and also served as Resident Conductor of American Lyric Theater in New York, through which he has done several workshops of new works including The Golden Ticketat Jazz at Lincoln Center, Adam and Eveat Symphony Space and Why Is Eartha Kitt Trying To Kill Me at Le Poisson Rouge. He has produced developmental workshops of half a dozen new works at Arizona State University with professional collaborators including American Lyric Theatre, Beth Morrison Projects, and Phoenix Theatre. Mr. DeMaris is also a composer himself: his musical "The Portrait of Dorian Gray" received a developmental workshop at Ephrata Playhouse in the Park in 2003, and his art songs have been performed in recitals throughout the United States.

Education
  • M.M. New England Conservatory
  • B.M. Ithaca College
Research Interests

Opera, Musical Theatre, Conducting, New work development

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 373Music Theatre: Performance
MUP 451Repertoire
MUP 551Repertoire
MUP 573Music Theatre: Performance
MUP 591Seminar
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 598Special Topics
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 790Reading and Conference
MUP 796Solo Performance
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 590Reading and Conference
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 373Music Theatre: Performance
MUP 573Music Theatre: Performance
MUP 591Seminar
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 727Studio Instruction
Honors / Awards

American Prize in Opera and Musical Theatre Conducting, 2nd place - 2013 and 2015

Professional Associations

Member Musical Theatre Educators Association, National Opera Association, Opera America; Panels and presentations with Opera America, National Opera Association, New York Music Teachers Association, New York State Music Association, Arizona Music Educators Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing

Work History

Music Director, Mill City Summer Opera; Artist Faculty, Aspen Music Festival and School; Performances with Anchorage Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Syracuse Opera and Tri-Cities Opera; Music staff at New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Glimmerglass Opera; Guest conducting appearances with Israel Chamber Orchestra, Syracuse Symphoria, Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra; Formerly Director of Opera and Musical Theatre at Ithaca College