Uruguayan conductor Andres Cladera, recently named Artistic Director of Emerald City Opera, is a versatile and cultivated artist in both the operatic and symphonic worlds.
He has prior conducting experience with Opera San Antonio, Opera Colorado, Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Edgewood Symphony, Pittsburgh Early Music Consort, Chatham Baroque and San Antonio Symphony. Mo. Cladera holds a Masters of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University and Bachelors of Fine Arts degrees in Piano and Voice Performance from College of Charleston.
Cladera was awarded the 2007 Outstanding Young Conductor of the year by the Association of Choral Directors of America, as well as first place in several international piano competitions including: Luis Troccoli International Piano Competition, Luis Cluzeau Mortet Piano Competition, as well as the Young Artist Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera House.
With his own opera company in Pittsburgh, Mo. Cladera has produced and conducted important new productions of Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox and Therese Raquin, Jake Heggie’s To Hell And Back and Three Decembers and Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar.