Jerold Siena, Professor of Voice and founder of the opera studio at the University of Illinois, has sung at some of the world's leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Monnaie in Brussels, The Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich), Rome Opera, New York City Opera and Teatro di San Carlo (Naples). He has performed under many notable conductors including James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, Andre Previn, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, Robert Shaw, James Conlon, George Szell, and Erich Leinsdorf and collaborated with stage directors Franco Zeffirelli, Harold Prince, Jonathan Miller, Frank Corsaro and Jean-Pierre Ponnelle.
On the concert stage, Mr. Siena has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, National Symphony, Oratorio Society of New York, Carmel Bach Festival, Bethlehem Bach Festival and Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival. He has sung over 30 different recital programs including premiers by Benjamin Britten, Ned Rorem and Dominick Argento.
Mr. Siena has presented master classes for the Santa Fe Opera, the American Opera Center of Chicago Lyric Opera, Westminster Choir College, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Internship Program. His students have appeared at major opera houses and concert venues around the world including the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera.
At the University of Illinois, he created and directed the Jerry Hadley Memorial Concert as well as Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. He is also a recipient of the University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.
With Arizona Opera, Siena created productions of Wagner's Lohengrin, Verdi's La Traviata, and Prokofieff’s Love for Three Oranges. He also directed Puccini's Il Tabarro, Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief, Handel's Acis and Galatea, Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Britten's Church Parables.