Born in Santiago de Cuba, Maestra Lucy Arner was named the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s Music Director and Principal Conductor in 2016. From 1994 through the 2007-2008 season, she served on The Metropolitan Opera’s music staff as the recitative accompanist in several productions, including Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore. She prepared several Met telecasts such as Giordano’s Fedora with Mirella Freni and Placido Domingo. Among the prominent singers she has worked with in operatic productions are Alfredo Kraus, Montserrat Caballé, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Marilyn Horne, Sherrill Milnes, José Carreras and Placido Domingo.
Known as “a true singer’s conductor,” Ms. Arner debuted professionally in 1996 conducting Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Menotti’s The Telephone at the Teatro Mancinelli in Orvieto, Italy. She has conducted opera and concerts worldwide, and she was the first woman to conduct opera in Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes, debuting with Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail. She has held several other positions, including Artistic Director of the New York Chamber Opera from 2000-2005 and the interim Music Director of the University of Houston’s Opera Center in the 2008-2009 season, conducting Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and critically acclaimed performances of Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas. Among her accomplishments, she was the first Cuban woman to conduct an opera with Florida Grand Opera and received the Henry C. Clark Distinguished Conductor Award for her work on Les Contes d’Hoffmann.
Ms. Arner attended Baldwin-Wallace College and Indiana University, receiving Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees and pursued doctoral studies at the University of Miami.