Congratulations to the hunky Maestro Anthony Barrese, Artistic Director of Opera Southwest in Albuquerque NM, and Music Director of the Chicago Folks Operetta.

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Is it me or is this overture making you hot?

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Maestro Anthony Barrese is our gorgeous Maestro Eye Candy Runner Up. If Maestro Eddins is unable to fulfill his duties by checking his Twitter account and laughing occasionally, Maestro Barrese will step in and assume his duties. We hope Maestro Eddins and Maestro Barrese have a chance to chat and exchange swimsuit sizes.

We want to thank Maestro Barrese for the photos of his conducting. They are spectacular. I think we can tell with what kind of abandonment this conductor waves his stick!

Other fun facts about this Muscular Maestro:

  • He is the recipient of the 2007 Georg Solti Foundation U.S. award for young conductors.

  • He has led several productions with Sarasota Opera (Lakmé, Le nozze di Figaro, Hansel and Gretel), and with Opera Southwest (Le nozze di Figaro, Die Fledermaus, La cenerentola) where he is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor.

  • Was a Guest Conductor at Dallas Opera for their production of Tosca in 2008.

  • In November 2008 Mr. Barrese conducted a new production of Turandot in Ascoli Piceno’s historic Teatro Ventidio Basso, with a cast that included Nicola Martinucci as Calaf. He also made his French debut conducting Turandot at the Opéra de Massy.

  • In recent seasons Mr. Barrese made debuts with Boston Lyric Opera (Don Giovanni), Mercury Opera, Edmonton (Il tabarro) and DePaul Opera Theater (Ned Rorem’s Our Town).

  • In October, at Opera Southwest in Albuquerque NM, Maestro Barrese will lead the New World Premiere of Amleto (Hamlet) with music by Franco Faccio, and libretto by Arrigo Boito. Maestro Barrese has spent the last 11 years reconstructing the opera based on the composer's autograph manuscript. This will be the first performance heard anywhere since 1871.

  • With all this talent and allure why do these Maestro's wear all those damn clothes!

    Maestro Barrese your stick is seductive! We want to know what tempi you are in! Any opera company would be lucky to have you as their Maestro. Hopefully they hide your tux.

    4 thoughts on “Our Opera Candy Swimsuit Competition for Conductors Runner Up is…

    • September 4, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      You guys are great! Keep your chins up, except when singing; ride above the academic fray, the boring voice methods where they all sound the same. All sizes and shapes can be sexy, dramatic, expressive, musical, humorous, and more. Bravo uniqueness.!

    • September 4, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      Wait… Mo. Eddins is the winner? But he wasn’t even in a swimsuit in his video!

    • September 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Yowzas. I may have just peed my pants a little. This was hotter than Whitacre’s hair. Thanks for the laugh.


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