Christopher Zemliauskas is currently the Assistant Musical Director of the Opera Program at CU Boulder, where his duties include preparing singers for recital work and opera roles, collaborating with other faculty on recitals, teaching diction classes, and serving as Chorus Master for the opera productions. Mr. Zemliauskas has also been the associate conductor and chorus master for Central City Opera, where he has recently conducted performances of West Side Story, Susannah, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, and Massanet's Cendrillon. As a co-artistic director of FusionChamber, a new music ensemble, he has conducted performances of Pierrot Lunaire by Schoenberg, and Eight Songs for a Mad King and Miss Donnithorne's Maggott by P.M. Davies. He is also an active chamber musician in the Boulder area, plays with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and has been Symphony Conductor for the Boulder Youth Symphony. He comes to Colorado from Minneapolis, MN, after having worked as Resident Artist Conductor for the Minnesota Opera. There he conducted several mainstage works including Madama Butterfly, Carmen, and The Magic Flute. Other companies he has been on the music staff for include San Francisco Opera, Opera Colorado, Des Moines Metro Opera and Indianapolis Opera. Christopher holds degrees in Piano Performance and Accompanying and Coaching, and has studied with such esteemed collaborators as Margo Garrett, Warren Jones, Karl Paulnack, and Martin Katz. Other credits and festivals include the Music Academy of the West, Merola Opera Program, College Light Opera, Musical Theatre Berlin am Potsdamer Platz, Music Director and Composer in Residence for the Hangar Theatre (Ithaca, NY), and the faculty of Ithaca College. Recent conducting credits for Christopher include Albert Herring and Our Town at UC Boulder and A Little Night Music at Central City Opera. This summer he will conduct performances of Carmen at Central City opera.
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