Musical Director of UConn Opera Theater
Jill Brunelle is a Music Director, Vocal Coach, and Pianist, who thrives in a wide variety of musical styles and skill sets. In her inaugural year as Music Director of UConn Opera Theater, she will debut as both conductor and recitalist. Most recently at Yale University, she collaborated with Yale Opera, David Geffen School of Drama, The Institute of Sacred Music, and Yale College. Ms. Brunelle has served as faculty/staff at Boston University, New England Conservatory, Tufts University, Hartt School of Music, Connecticut Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Opera Boston. As a collaborative pianist Ms. Brunelle is highly sought after as a recital partner, performing internationally as well as at Carnegie Hall and Jordan Hall, and has performed world premieres at numerous festivals, including the celebrated Bang on a Can festival in New York City. Ms. Brunelle also collaborates frequently with area companies and ensembles, including Orchestra New England, Ivoryton Playhouse, Brief Cameo Productions, and Long Wharf Theater. Her recent music directing credits include “Ragtime,” and “The Fantasticks” at Ivoryton Playhouse, “Songs For a New World,” “Pippin,” “The Addams Family” and “Violet” at Southern Connecticut State University. At Yale School of Drama Ms. Brunelle directed “Fun Home,” Steven Sondheim’s “Passion,” “The Apple Tree,” “Trouble in Tahiti,” and “The Medium.” As Yale Opera Chorus Master she has prepared ensembles for “Florencia en el Amazonas,” “Eugene Onegin,” “Hänsel und Gretel,” “Die Zauberflöte,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Le Nozze Di Figaro” and “La Bohème.” Ms. Brunelle is a skilled Supertitle creator, and continues to raise awareness of title creation as an art form.