"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 was an Emerging Artist with Boston Lyric Opera where he has served as pianist and coach for The Rape of Lucretia, Pagliacci, and Cavalleria Rusticana and numerous other concerts and events.
Brendon has also been on the music staff at numerous summer festivals around the United States, including Opera Maine, Opera Steamboat, Opera North, Opera NEO, and was music director for the first four seasons at The Woodstock Playhouse. In New England, Brendon has been on faculty as a vocal coach 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 holds a M.M in Collaborative Piano from Boston University and a B.M.O. from Ithaca College School of Music. He currently resides in Malden, MA with his husband, tenor and composer Omar Najmi. Please visit www.brendonshapiro.com for more information."