David Neely, conductor
Maestro David Neely has conducted over 400 performances of over 50 stage works while on the musical staffs of Theater Dortmund, Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Landestheater Coburg, and Staatstheater Stuttgart and as guest conductor with the Oper der Stadt Bonn, Stadttheater St.Gallen (CH), Theater Bielefeld, Pfalztheater Kaisersautern, Opernhaus Halle and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
For Sarasota Opera he has conducted Samuel Barber's Vanessa and Robert Ward's The Crucible as part of the American Classics Series. Other productions for Sarasota Opera have included L'amico Fritz, La rondine, Halka, and Die Fledermaus. In 2000, Maestro Neely led the German premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassle in Dortmund and in 2006 he led the U.S. premiere of Robert Orledge's completion of Debussy’s La Chute de la Maison Usher at the University of Texas. His orchestral conducting engagements include concerts with the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg (Bregenz), the Dortmunder Philharmoniker, the Bochumer Symphoniker and the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra.
Maestro Neely is currently the Director of Orchestral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Kansas as well as was recently appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor of Des Moines Metro Opera. Prior to that he was Music Director of the Butler Opera Center at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also served as Acting Director of Orchestral Activities for two years.
Associated with Des Moines Metro Opera since 2003, he is senior music staff and Co-Director of that company’s James Collier Apprentice Artist Program. In 2007 he was honored with one of two nationally awarded Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Assistant Conductor Grants for his work with that company. He is a respected vocal coach and collaborative pianist.