With performances that have been called poetic, earthy, vigorous and highly individual, Ari Pelto is in demand in opera houses and with symphony orchestras throughout the United States. Making a highly-praised debut in 2004 at New York City Opera with La Traviata, he became their regular guest conductor returning for Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, and Carmen.
This year, Ari was appointed Music Director Designate at Opera Colorado following an acclaimed debut conducting Don Giovanni for the company. Future productions in Denver include Aida and the world premiere of Lori Laitman’s The Scarlett Letter. Additionally this season, he conducts Aida at Utah Symphony and Opera and makes return appearances at Atlanta Ballet and at Opera Memphis, Omaha Symphony, Lamont Symphony and the NYU Symphony.
Recent highlights include La Rondine in Cortona (Italy), A Streetcar named Desire and Salome at Virginia Opera for which he won outstanding reviews, The Rake’s Progress at Portland Opera, Rigoletto, Don Pasquale, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Don Giovanni at Opera Memphis where he serves as Principal Guest Conductor; La Boheme at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, The Cunning Little Vixen at Chautauqua, Rusalka and La Boheme at Boston Lyric Opera, Romeo et Juliette at Minnesota Opera, The Magic Flute, Le Nozze di Figaro at Portland Opera and Hansel und Gretel at Utah Opera.
Ari Pelto conducts on main stages world-wide, and recently premiered new productions of Le Nozze di Figaro and Falstaff at New National Theatre of Tokyo and Faust at the Teatro Nacional Sucre in Ecuador. He led tours of Western Opera Theatre (the former touring company of San Francisco Opera) conducting La Boheme and Cosi fan tutti in over 20 states. For San Francisco Opera’s Merola showcase last season, he conducted Cosi fan tutte and The Rape of Lucretiato great acclaim.