Ron De Fesi has been the artistic director of the Hudson Opera Theatre since its founding in 1977 (yes, 44 years)! A student of world-renowned conductor Sixten Ehrling while at the Juilliard School, Maestro De Fesi also attended the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany where he completed specialized study in Baroque and Classical performance practice. Additionally, he has a bachelor’s degree in pre-med from Manhattan College, and a graduate degree from New York University in music performance. As well as having been a guest conductor for numerous orchestral, choral, ballet, and opera companies, he has been artistic director and principal conductor for several organizations over the years including the Tri-State Regional Opera, the Family Opera of New Jersey, the Delaware Valley Opera, the First Coast Opera and the Ballet Theatre of Westchester. He has directed and/or conducted over 350 productions over the years and figures he has about 350 more to go.
In his career as a basso cantate, he has sung over 100 different roles, of which his favorites are Phillip II in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Schicchi in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Fiesco in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, Zaccaria in Verdi’s Nabucco, and Boris in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. Alas, this last only having been done in concert. Before losing his voice, he hopes to add staged performances of Boris to his repertoire as well as an Amonasro (Aïda) and a Scarpia (Tosca), and maybe a few more Fiescos, Phillips, Villains (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) Guardianos and Melitones (La Forza del Destino).
Also, a gifted arranger, his operatic and ballet reductions continue to be heard globally as well as his arrangements for numerous instrumental ensembles of everything from classics to pops, waltzes to tangos, opera to ragtime, and Bach to Broadway.
He also plays the cello and the piano and teaches voice. He is the musical director of the Laudamus Children’s Chorus in New York City and is the Organist and Director of Choristers at the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe, NY. …and no, he doesn’t sleep much!