Pianist, vocal coach, and conductor, Brendon Shapiro, is quickly garnering a reputation from coast to coast as a champion of new music and opera of the 20th and 21st centuries.
He is a recent alumnus of LA Opera's Young Artist Program where he worked with such artists as Renée Fleming and Susan Graham and played a key role in the musical preparation for the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin's Eurydice, along with productions of La Traviata, El gato montés, La Clemenza di Tito, The Light in the Piazza, and Satyagraha. He is also an Emerging Artist Alum with Boston Lyric Opera where he has served as pianist and coach for The Rape of Lucretia, Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, and The Butterfly Process, as well as performing the world premiere of Omar Najmi's song cycle, my name is Alondra.
Coming up, Brendon will serve as pianist and coach for X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, a co-production of Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Odyssey Opera, as well as Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra's La Traviata.
Brendon has been on the music staff at numerous summer festivals around the United States, including Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, Opera Maine, Opera Steamboat, Opera North, and Opera NEO and this summer will be joining Bard SummerScape as coach for Richard Strauss' Die Schweigsame Frau.
In New England, Brendon has been on faculty at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, UMass Amherst, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, served as conductor and pianist for MassOpera, Boston Opera Collaborative, as well as pianist/coach for Juventas New Music Ensemble, and NEMPAC (North End Music & Performing Arts Center).
Brendon is a co-founder and music director of Catalyst New Music, where he was the pianist for the workshop performance of Omar Najmi's En la ardiente oscuridad, and will conduct the upcoming workshop of Najmi's This is Not That Dawn. Additionally, Brendon is the Executive Director of Boston Singers' Resource, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing classical singers with the tools they need as they pursue their careers.