Manhattan Opera Studio is an opera company founded with the mission of performing operas of the classical standard repertoire in the most prestigious venues of New York City. Our musical philosophy is inspired in the old italian belcanto school that gave birth to a golden generation of singers. We look for the best available artists to sing the works, as we also are in the search of new talent which we look forward to help in their development to become part of the new voices of the international opera world.
Born in Paris, France, Benoit Renard studied orchestral conduction under the guidance of Edouard Lindenberg from 1969-1973 and with Sergiu Celibidache from 1974-1975. He also studied with Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg and Leonard Bernstein in Tanglewood after obtaining the “Villa Medicis Hors les Murs” scholarship that allowed him to continue his studies in the U.S.A.
He was invited by Leif Segerstam to conduct the Finish Radio Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Radio of Vienna (ORF) and the Ludwigshafen orchestra in germany.
Mr. Benoit Renard was assigned by the Ministry of Culture in France as assistant conductor to Jean Fournet at the National orchestra of Ile de France and as assistant conductor to Jean-Claude Casadesus at the National Orchestra of Lille.
In South America he was appointed main conductor of the San Juan Opera Orchestra in Argentina. He also conducted the national orchestras of Santiago (Chile), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Mendoza (Argentina) and Teatro Argentino de La Plata.
In collaboration with some of the most outstanding composers of nowadays Mr. Renard conducted recordings of works of Mauricio Kagel, Jacques Lenot, Xavier Darasse, Nicolas Bacri and Michael Levinas among others.
Mr. Renard was one of the organizers of the Operalia singing competition with Frederique Pfeffer and Placido Domingo. He conducted the National Orchestra of the Opera of Prague for the finals of the Placido Domingo Operalia Competition in 1993 at Palais Garnier, discovering talents like Inva Mula, Nina Stemme, Kwangchul Youn and Jose Cura.
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Pianist/Coach Ming Kwong is very active in the world of opera. In the fall of 2012, he played the NYC auditions for Aspen Opera Theater and Glimmerglass Opera besides being invited back to play for Portland Opera. He is well-known for his ability to adjust tempo, give singers time to breathe and help them through a phrase in a totally unrehearsed situation. He was engaged as a faculty coach at one of the fastest-growing summer programs in North America — Opera on the Avalon in Newfoundland, Canada in summer 2012. Ming is regularly engaged by the Metropolitan Opera Guild as well to accompany their master class series.
His past credits include an assistant coach position at Glimmerglass Opera, Tanglewood Music Center (assisting Maestro James Levine on Don Giovanni), and an apprenticeship with Florida Grand Opera for their 2008-2009 season. He was also a faculty coach at the CoOPERAtive program in New Jersey during summer 2011 where colleagues included Anthony Manoli, Thomas Bagwell and William Hobbs. He held a fellowship coach position at the Aspen Summer Music Festival and was a vocal pianist at the prestigious Music Academy of the West, where Marilyn Horne chairs the program. Mr. Kwong was the Music Director of the Undergraduate Opera Theater at Manhattan School of Music and has also worked with Maestro George Manahan on Cosi fan tutte.
Equally at home in operatic repertoire and recital, Ming Kwong made his Kennedy Center (D.C) debut with Metropolitan Opera Competition Grand Winner Lori Guilbeau. He was chosen to work with Martin Katz and Craig Rutenberg in the renowned Cleveland Art Songs Festival in 2010. Other credits include performing on the Stephanie Blythe master class at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Joey Reynolds show – WOR news talk radio 710HD in October 2009.
Mr. Kwong has been a prizewinner of numerous competitions, including First Prize in the Advanced Improvisation and Second Prize in the Advanced Bach Session in the 12th Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Open Competition.
Ming Kwong holds a Masters degree in Piano Accompanying from Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Warren Jones, and a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory.
Assistant Conductor Carlos Tagle started his piano studies with Adela Barroso and composition with Irma Urteaga. He studied orchestral conduction in the Pontifical Catholic University of Buenos Aires under the guidance of Antonio Formaro. He later specialized in vocal studies in the Franz Liszt Conservatoire of the same city and studied vocal technique under the guidance of Luciana Serra in Lugano, Switzerland and Mirella Freni in Modena, Italy.
Mr. Tagle furthered his studies in vocal repertoire with Richard Barker (Vocal coach at la Scala di Milano) and Vincenzo Taramelli (Vocal coach at Teatro Carlo Felice di Genoa). He has been assistant conductor to Benoit Renard since 2009, participating in both operatic and symphonic productions.