Nyela Basney

Adjunct Faculty in Music Appreciation
Music Program

Music Program

Department of Arts

Founder and director for 25 years, of Orvieto Musica, conductor Nyela Basney recently received critical acclaim for her debut with Light Opera Works when Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune noted: "... the striking and lively baton of Nyela Basney, [who] shapes this orchestra rather more theatrically and zestfully than has recently been the case..." The Chicago Sun-Times added, of the same performances: "...and the glorious sound coming from the large orchestra under the baton of Nyela Basney combine[d] to give [this production] fiery intensity..."

During the summer of 2013 Miss Basney conducted Le Nozze di Figaro in her third annual appearance with Opera Tascabile in Italy and multiple performances of Persuasion with Chamber Opera Chicago at the Shanklin Theatre on the Isle of Wight and at the Royal Winchester Theatre in Winchester, England. In addition, this September she led critically acclaimed standing room only performances of Persuasion at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago and the DiCapo Opera Theatre in New York City.

She began her conducting studies with Vincent La Selva, "the best Verdi and Puccini conductor living today" (Opera Magazine) when she was a staff pianist at the Juilliard School. He appointed her Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master of the New York Grand Opera with whom she participated in 18 productions.

Miss Basney recently gave recitals in Colorado and Illinois with noted Italian violinist Alessandro Cervo and has been invited to conduct at the Opera Festival di Roma during the summer of 2015. She attended the Eastman School of Music on a coveted Alumni Scholarship, receiving her undergraduate and graduate degrees with highest distinction.

Last Updated: 07/08/2020