Brian Clay Luedloff has served as Artistic Director for Opera Fort Collins since June, 2011. In addition to providing artistic leadership for the company, he has directed Tosca, Carmen, Amahl and the Night Visitors, il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Daughter of the Regiment, The Gift of the Magi, and Faust for the company. He also serves as Director of Opera Theatre and Associate Professor of Music at The University of Northern Colorado, where he has directed la Traviata, la Divina, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte, The Pirates of Penzance, Cendrillon, Little Women, Dido & Aeneas, Hänsel und Gretel, The Bartered Bride, Bastien and Bastienne, The Impresario, le Nozze di Figaro, and la Cambiale di Matrimonio. Professionally Mr. Luedloff has staged Lucia di Lammermoor, l’Elisir d’amore, Cavalleria Rusticana and Gianni Schicchi for Connecticut Opera; Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Die Fledermaus for LyriCo, the light opera company of St. Louis (where he also served as founding Artistic Director); La Bohéme and The Thunder of Horses for Opera Theatre of St. Louis; The Barber of Seville, The Daughter of the Regiment and Hänsel and Gretel for Boston Lyric’s Opera New England; Lucia di Lammermoor and la Traviata for St. Louis’ Union Avenue Opera; The Happy Prince and Down in the Valley for Sarasota Youth Opera; Romance/Romance, All in the Timing and the musical I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change for the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, Maine; Madama Butterfly for Green Mountain Opera Festival in Vermont; Elixir of Love for Loveland Opera Theatre; and Madama Butterfly and la Traviata for the Livermore Valley Opera in California. Additionally he has directed plays and musicals for regional theaters around the country as well as off-Broadway. Mr. Luedloff has served on the staging staff of Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, the Dallas Opera and Houston Grand Opera, assisting renowned directors Colin Graham, John Copley, Mary Zimmerman, Stefano Vizioli, Olivier Tambosi, David McVicar, Leon Major, James Robinson, Renata Scotto and Eric Simonson.
This production marks the start of Wes Kenney’s 10th season as Music Director of Opera Fort Collins. He also holds the positions of Music Director of the Fort Collins Symphony and Professor of Music, Director of Orchestras at Colorado State University. Mr. Kenney has conducted productions of Aida, Albert Herring, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Barber of Seville, La Boheme, Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana, Cenerentola, Cosi fan tutte, Daughter of the Regiment, Dear World, Don Giovanni, Falstaff, Faust, Fledermaus, Gift of the Magi, Into the Woods, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Little Night Music, Marriage of Figaro, The Merry Widow, No, No, Nanette, I Pagliacci, Rape of Lucretia, Rigoletto, Secret Garden, Street Scene, Sweeney Todd, Tenderland, Tosca, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Turandot, Turn of the Screw, and Die Zauberflöte. He has appeared as conductor for Gianni Schicchi and Die Kluge for the Oakland Lyric Opera and Carmen for Taconic Opera in New York. This past July he made his debut at the Colorado Music Festival conducting the score to the Wizard of Oz with film and live orchestra. He has taught at the Conductors Institute at Bard College and helped create the CSU Summer Conducting Masters Degree Program for Music Educators. In 2009, Mr. Kenney was named Educator of the Year by the Colorado Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Previously, he was awarded the Grand Prize in the Summer 2007 Varna (Bulgaria) International Conducting Competition. He traveled back to Bulgaria in March 2008 for concerts in Vidin and to conduct La Traviata in Stara Zagora.
GERALD W. HOLBROOK, organist, pianist and harpsichordist, holds a Doctoral degree in organ performance from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master’s degree in piano performance from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He performs with local ensembles, including the Cheyenne Symphony, the Greeley Philharmonic, Seicento Baroque Ensemble, and the Bailey Bach Festival with Simon Carrington. In addition he has also performed with The Rocky Mountain Brassworks, The Boulder Mahler Festival Orchestra, The Colorado Chamber Orchestra, and The Bach Festival at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Fort Collins. He also has a background in Gregorian Chant, teaching many students throughout the U.S. through workshops in church, monastic and seminary settings.
Dr. Holbrook is the former District Convener for the American Guild of Organists (Colorado), and has been Dean of both the Lincoln and Tri-State Chapters. As a composer, he focuses on sacred music, particularly choral and organ works, some of which have been performed by San Francisco’s noted Schola Cantorum, as well as by church choirs around the country. Dr. Holbrook is currently the Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Boulder, the Chorus Master, and the Director of Educational Outreach for Opera Fort Collins.
Liz is a professional oboist and a devoted arts administrator. Currently she serves as the president of Classical Revolution Northern Colorado, and plays english horn in the Knoxville Symphony and the California Symphony. Liz holds two degrees in oboe performance: an undergraduate degree from UNC (Chapel Hill, North Carolina) and a Master’s in oboe performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and she also pursued advanced musical studies at the Royal Conservatory in London. While studying and living in London, she also played with orchestras and chamber ensembles that toured regularly in Germany and France. Over a period of many years, Liz has played professionally with orchestras in the Nashville, Napa Valley, Santa Rosa, Knoxville, Indianapolis, Richmond, Evansville, Louisville, Toledo, Charlotte, San Francisco, Berkeley, Columbus, Bowling Green, and Lexington. Since moving to the Front Range, she’s been playing in orchestras in Denver, Boulder, Cheyenne, Ft. Collins, and in Greeley. Additionally, she taught oboe and theory at Eastern Kentucky University and University of Kentucky, and UNC. While her normal role with opera companies is from the vantage point of 'the pit', she is very excited about her new role as Executive Director of Opera Fort Collins and looks forward to working with the company and community to help fulfill the mission of Opera Fort Collins and raise awareness and support for this beloved art form.