Iranian conductor and pianist, Sahar Nouri, returns to Opera Colorado for a second full season as the company's chorus master and and assistant to the music director.
Ms. Nouri's work with Opera Colorado includes the productions of: La traviata and Le nozze di Figaro in 2018-19, La bohème, Falstaff , and the world premiere of Steal a Pencil for Me (by Gerald Cohen) in 2017-18, and La fanciulla del West in 2016.
Previously, Ms. Nouri has been a member of the music staff at Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera North Carolina, Glimmerglass Festival, Opera in the Heights, Utah Opera, Aspen Opera Theatre, Opera Steamboat and Merola Opera.
At the Houston Grand Opera, where she was a pianist and member of the HGO studio 2014-16, Ms. Nouri worked on the world premieres of Prince of Players (by Carlisle Floyd), O Columbia! (by Gregory Spears), and The Magnificent Pretty Boy (by the Grant Wallace Band). She has also done many classic operas at HGO including: Eugene Onegin, Rusalka, Carousel, The Little Prince, Così fan tutte, Madama Butterfly, and Sweeney Todd. In 2016-17, Ms. Nouri returned to HGO frequently as a guest coach for the studio program, YAVA (Young Artists Vocal Academy) and as a conductor for two HGOco productions.
As a recitalist, Ms. Nouri has performed numerous concerts across the nation including: with Matthew Polenzani at Denver Art Museum Gala, with Mane Galoyan at Musical Bridges Around the World in San Antonio, and with Houston Grand Opera studio artists at the Reinzi Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
A multi-lingual coach, Ms. Nouri has completed several language courses in Europe (the Czech Republic, Italy, and Austria) and is frequently in demand as a language coach. She holds graduate degrees from of the University of Michigan, where she studied with Martin Katz, and from Arizona State University.
Ms. Nouri is a former violinist who has performed with Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra and has won several prizes, for both violin and piano, in national music festivals and competitions in Iran.