Steven Mercurio

Steven Mercurio

born in 1956 in Bardonia, NY, United States

Steven Mercurio

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Steven Mercurio is an Italian American conductor and composer.

Early life

Steven Mercurio was born in Bardonia, New York in 1956. He is married to Lisa Mercurio (née Lisa Levine), former Sr. Vice President of Universal's Crossover Division and a trained pianist. She is currently the co-founder of BedtimeNetwork.com.

Career

Like Leonard Bernstein, who wrote three symphonies as well as West Side Story, Maestro Steven Mercurio inhabits both the classical and pop worlds a thoughtful and sophisticated American composer both versatile and unconventional. He possesses a gift for writing unforgettable melodies and orchestral works, and lives a parallel career as an acclaimed conductor of opera and orchestral music.

After receiving his Masters degree from the Juilliard School, he became Music Director of the Spoleto Festival for five years, and, Principal Conductor of the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Maestro Mercurio is also a sought after collaborator for many award-winning recordings, arrangements and film projects.

For the stage, he has conducted more than forty-five different operas in seven different languages. His engagements have taken him to many of the worlds best loved opera houses including the Teatro dellOpera, Roma; Teatro Bellini, Catania; Teatro Filarmonico, Verona; Teatro Reggio, Torino; Teatro Verdi, Trieste; Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Bonn Opera, Teatro Massimo, Palermo; English National Opera as well as the American opera companies of San Francisco, Washington, Philadelphia, Seattle, Detroit, Opera Pacific, Florida Grand, Pittsburgh, Dallas and Cincinnati. In addition to Maestro Mercurios operatic repertoire, his symphonic appearances have included: the London Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, the Royal Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Luxembourg, Prague Philharmonia, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Pannon Philharmonic, Tokyo New City Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Sacramento and San Diego Symphony Orchestras in addition to his own Spoleto Festival Orchestra.

Maestro Mercurio has conducted opera and symphonic pieces for several telecasts including the Christmas in Vienna series with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra for Sony Classical highlighted by the 1999 concert featuring The Three Tenors. He also conducted the now classic, PBS broadcast special, American Dream Andrea Bocellis Statue of Liberty Concert with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Also for PBS, Maestro Mercurio led the 20th Anniversary Richard Tucker Opera Gala with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Maestro Mercurio led the worldwide tour of Sting, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for Symphonicities, culminating in the DVD Live in Berlin.

Internationally, Maestro Mercurio has conducted the RAI (Italian) television broadcasts of Christmas from Assisi (2009, 2010, 2011) and La Boheme from Cagliari, the Spoleto Festival performances of Berliozs Requiem, Scriabins Prometheus, Mahlers Second Symphony, and an evening featuring the music of Chick Corea and Mozart with the Youth Orchestra of Santa Cecilia.

Recent recordings by Maestro Mercurio include Il Trovatore, Pagliacci, and Cavalleria Rusticana for Decca Records and Manon Lescaut with the Teatro de la Maestranza, Seville. Additionally, vocal collections have been recorded including Verdi Arias with soprano Daniela Dessi, Romance e Canzoni an homage to Gigli with tenor Fabio Armiliato a tribute to Mario Lanza with tenor Joseph Calleja, and, three albums with tenor Marcello Giordani including the recent, Ti voglio tanto bene, He has also made a recording of dramatic soprano arias with Robin Folman. Mercurios own original recording of vocal songs, Many Voices, was recorded with the Prague Philharmonia and was recently released on Sony Classics. Maestro Mercurios relationship with Sony Classical has led him to collaborate on a great number of recordings, most notably Christmas in Vienna, with the Three Tenors Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti for CD and home video. He has also recorded Richard Einhorns cantata, Voices of Light, Leo Brouwers, Concerto de Toronto, with guitarist John Williams, Storyteller, featuring compositions by Wynton Marsalis, Patrick Doyle and Edgar Meyer, three violin concertos with the composer-violinist Mark OConnor and a Grammy Award winning CD with Chick Corea and the Bach Air album with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and the English Chamber Orchestra.

Maestro Mercurio conducted the United States premiere of Zemlinskys Der Zwerg, for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, performed and recorded Puccinis Manon Lescaut at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville and with the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, gave the world premiere and recording of Zandonais, I Cavalieri di Ekebu. For the Spoleto Festival in Italy, he performed Menottis opera, Goya, (recorded for Nuova Era), Puccinis Il Trittico, Bergs Wozzeck, Korngolds, Die Tote Stadt, Shostakovichs The Nose, and John Coriglianos Symphony No. 1. Among his accomplishments was the highly acclaimed Italian premiere of the complete version of Zemlinskys Der Zwerg, for the Teatro dellOpera in Rome, the Italian premiere of André Previns, Streetcar Named Desire, in Torino and the Italian premiere of Kurt Weills Lady in the Dark in Palermo and Rome. He conducted a new production of Verdis La Traviata, for the Staatsoper Bonn, and Londons English National Opera, Puccinis La Boheme and Offenbachs, Les Contes dHoffman, for the San Francisco Opera.

As a composer, Maestro Mercurios compositions include songs, chamber works, and pieces for large orchestra. For Lost Loved Ones, was given its world premiere by Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. His composition, Mercurial Overture, was given its world premiere by the Oslo Phiharmonic in a concert telecast honoring the Nobel Peace Prize winners with Maestro Mercurio conducting. Maestro Mercurio recently completed his first symphony titled, A Grateful Tail, based on American playwright Eugene ONeills Last Will and Testament of Silverdene Emblem ONeill. It will be premiered in 2013 and will feature a performance of the third movement by Academy Award winning actor and singer, F. Murray Abraham at the Prague Proms.

Maestro Mercurio is an acclaimed and sought after arranger. He has created arrangements for a wide array of artists, including Andrea Bocelli, Plácido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu, Fabio Armiliato, Carl Tanner, Ben Heppner, Bryn Terfel, Marcello Giordani, Il Volo, Secret Garden and Sting.

Opera

Mercurio is known for his powerful, impassioned conducting. An undisputed expert interpreter of Italian standards (Puccini, Verdi, Mascagni, etc.), he is well known for his physically demanding, yet sensitive and comprehensive interpretations. Mercurio's commitment and passion for operatic scores yields thrilling performances for both audiences and performers. He has conducted more than forty seven operas in seven different languages.

Recordings

  • "Chick Corea Concerto", London Philharmonic
  • "Fanfare for the Volunteer", London Philharmonic, Mark OConnor, Richard Einhorns cantata
  • "Voices of Light", Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Choir
  • "Concerto de Toronto", London Sinfonietta, guitarist John Williams
  • "Storyteller", St. Lukes Chamber Orchestra
  • "Many Voices", Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Compositions

For Orchestra

  • "For Lost Loved Ones" - Symphonic Tone Poem for Large Orchestra
  • "Mercurial Overture" - for orchestra
  • A Grateful Tail - A Symphony in Four Movements for Orchestra, Vocalist and Gospel Choir (premiere July 2013)

For voice and Orchestra

  • A White Rose (text by John Boyle O' Reilly) 1988 (for soprano and orchestra)
  • Daydream for a Sentimental Baritone (1988) (for baritone and orchestra)
  • Desiderio (text by Andrea Bocelli) 1998 (for tenor and orchestra)
  • Paternita (text by Andrea Bocelli) 1998 (for tenor and orchestra)
  • Song in Chaos (text by Eugene O'Neill) 1988 (for soprano and orchestra)
  • Serenade for Tenor and Orchestra (text by William Hoffman) 1982
  • A Grateful Tail - A Symphony in Four Movements for Orchestra, Vocalist and Gospel Choir (premiere July 2013)

References

External links

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD2X4tVzeFE&feature=player_embedded#! Maestro Steven Mercurio conducting the historic Statue of Liberty Concert
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