Deborah Sanders

Arts Management

Ari Pelto


Appointed Music Director at Opera Colorado in 2015, Ari Pelto has conducted acclaimed performances of La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, Aida, La Boheme, Falstaff, La Fanciulla del West, Le Nozze di Figaro and Lucia di Lammermoor, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, I Pagliacci, Otello, Carmen, Rigoletto and Die Tote Stadt for the company to date; Opera Colorado’s contemporary titles include The Shining; their world-premiere of Lori Laitman’s long-awaited work, The Scarlet Letter (a recording of which was released on the Naxos label); and the world premiere of Gerald Cohen’s new opera, Steal a Pencil for Me, based on a true love story set in a concentration camp during WWII, also recorded.

Upcoming Opera Colorado titles in season 2023-24 include Don Giovanni, Der fliegende Holländer and Samson et Dalilah.

“Under the baton of Ari Pelto—returning to Utah Opera after last season’s La tragédie de Carmen— the Utah Symphony shimmered and buzzed with energy, propelling the nautical adventure forward with a strong rhythmic drive. The strings and brass blended particularly well in the overture, creating a rich full sound, after which the curtain opened on the three-dimensional trapezoid that would form the physical set through all three acts.”

Rick Mortensen, Utah Arts Review, October 11, 2022


“With spot-on pacing from Ari Pelto, the cast brilliantly tossed off the complexities of both the dizzying Act 1 finale and the glorious concluding fugue. Pelto wielded a sure hand over his fine orchestra throughout the performance, never allowing Verdi’s powerful orchestral moments to overwhelm the singers. This tempos meshed perfectly with Edwards’s ability to keep things moving without seeming rushed.”

Opera News, Marc Shulgold, May 2018

“From the moment the curtain rises, the audience is treated to a spellbinding overture by conductor Ari Pelto.”

Courtney Daly-Pavone, Central San Diego, 9 February 2020

Beethoven                         Fidelio

Bizet                                   Carmen

Britten                               The Rape of Lucretia

Britten                               Curlew River

Cohen                                 Steal a Pencil for me

De Banfield                        Lord Byron’s Love Letter

Donizetti                            Don Pasquale

Donizetti                            Lucia di Lammermoor

Gluck                                  Iphigenie en Aulide

Gounod                              Faust

Gounod                              Romeo et Juliette

Humperdink                     Hansel und Gretel

Janacek                              Excursions of Mr Broucek

Janacek                             Jenufa

Korngold                           Die Tote Stadt

Janacek                              The Cunning Little Vixen

Laitman                             The Scarlett Letter

Massenet                            Cendrillon

Massenet                            Werther

Moravec                            The Shining

Mozart                               Don Giovanni

Mozart                               Cosi fan tutte

Mozart                               Idomeneo

Mozart                               The Magic Flute

Mozart                               Le Nozze di Figaro

Offenbach                          Orpheus in the Underworld

Paulus                                The Village Singer

Poulenc                              Dialogues of the Carmelites

Previn                                A Streetcar named Desire

Puccini                              Tosca

Puccini                              Suor Angelica

Puccini                              Madama Butterfly

Puccini                              Gianni Schicchi

Puccini                              La Boheme

Puccini                              La Fanciulla del West

Rossini                              La Cenerentola

Rossini                              Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Strauss                               Arabella

Strauss                               Salome

Stravinsky                          The Rake’s Progress

Verdi                                 Rigoletto

Verdi                                 Falstaff

Verdi                                 La Traviata

Verdi                                 Otello

Verdi                                 Aida

Adams Short Ride in a fast Machine
Bach Brandenburg #1,#6  Orchestra Suite #4, Violin Concerto in A Minor, Double Concerto in D Minor
Barber VIolin Concerto
Bartok Concerto for Orchestra, Rumanian Dances, Deux Images
Beethoven Symphonies 1-9, Overture to Fidelio, Overture to Egmont, Piano Concertos 2,3,5, Violin Concerto
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, Roman Carnival Overture
Bernstein Overture to Candide, Dances from West Side Story
Bizet Carmen Suites 1,2 L’Arlésienne Suites 1, 2
Boccherini Cello Concerto in B-Flat
Borodin Polovtsian Dances
Brahms Symphonies 1-4, Seranade #2, Piano Concerto #1, Violin Concerto, Hayden Variations,
Britten Sinfonietta, Seranade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Midsummer Night’s Dream
Bruch Violin Concerto
Crumb Echoes of Time and the River
Chopin Piano Concerto #1
Copland Appalachian Spring, Dances from Rodeo
Debussy Prelude to the afternoon of a Faun, Nocturnes, La Mer
Delius Florida Suite
Donizetti Overture to Don Pasquale, Overture to Lucia Di Lammermoor
Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Dvorak Symphonies #6,#8,#9, Slavonic Dances, Piano Concerto, Cello Concerto
Elgar Enigma Variations, Cello Concerto
Falla Three Cornered Hat Suite
Faure Pelleas et Melisande
Gershwin An American in Paris, Piano Concerto
Gliere Russian Sailor’s Dance
Gluck Overture to Iphigénie
Grieg Peer Gynt Suite, Holberg Suite
Haydn Symphonies #88, #99, #104 Cello Concerto #1, Violin Concerto
Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphoses, Viola Concerto
Holst The Planets, St. Paul’s Suite
Honegger Pacific 231
Janacek Cunning Little Vixen Suite, Suite from The Excursions of Mr.Broucek
Jolivet Violin Concerto
Kabalevsky The Comedians
Kodaly Dances of Galanta
Lehar Overture to the Merry Widow, Dein ist Mein Ganzes Herz
Leon Bata
Mahler Symphonies #1, #3, #5 and #10, Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen
Martin Concerto for 7 Winds, Percussion and Strings
Martinu The Frescos of Piero Della Francesca
Mendelssohn Symphonies #3, #4, String Symphony #7, Hebrides Overture, Violin Concerto, Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Mihaud Le Boeuf sur le Toit, Scaramouche
Mozart Symphonies #25, #35,#36, #37, #38, #39, #41, Great Mass in C Minor, Violin Concertos, #3, #4,#5, Overtures to Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi Fan Tutte, Magic Flute, Abduction from the Seraglio, Divertimento in D
Mussorgsky Pictures from an Exhibition, Night on Bald Mountain
Nielsen Flute Concerto
Orff Carmina Burana
Prokofiev Classical Symphony, Cinderella (Entire), Romeo and Juiiette (Entire), Lt. Kije Suite, VIolin Concerto #2
Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances, Piano Concerto #2
Ravel Bolero, Ma Mere L’Oye, Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, Le Tombeau de Couperin, La Valse
Respighi Gli Uccelli, Ancient Airs and Dances
Revueltas Sensemayá
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Capriccio Espanol, Russian Easter Overture
Rossini Overtures to Il Barbiere di Siviglia, L’Italiana in Algeri, La Cenerentola, La Gazza Ladra, William Tell
Rozsa Concerto for String Orchestra
Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony, Violin Concerto
Schoenberg Kammersymphonie Nos.1 and 2, Verklärte Nacht
Schubert Symphonies #5, #8, #9
Schumann Symphonies #1, #2, Piano Concerto
Sejourné Concerto for Marimba
Shostakovich Symphonies #1, #5, #9, Festival Overture, Violin Concerto #2, Cello Concerto
Sibelius Symphonies #2, #3, #7, VIolin Concerto, Karelia Suite, Finlandia Suite, Valse Triste
Smetana Bartered Bride Overture
J Strauss Overture to Die Fledermaus, Tales from the Vienna Woods
R Strauss Four Last Songs, Til Eulenspiegel, Don Juan, Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome
Tchaikovsky Symphonies #4, #5, #6, Romeo and Juliet, Francesca da Rimini, Sleeping Beauty (Entire), Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, Serenade for Strings, Nutcracker (Entire), Swan Lake (Entire), Orchestral Suite #4
Vaughn Williams A lark Ascending
Verdi Overtures to Nabucco, La Forza Del Destino, La Traviata
Vivaldi Four Seasons
Wagner Overtures to The Flying Dutchman, Lohengrin, Siegfried Idyll, Siegfried’s Rhine Journey, Immolation from Götterdämmerung
Walton Viola Concerto
Weber Freischütz Overture, Euryanthe Overture
Webern 5 Pieces for Orchestra