The American tenor and music pedagogue, Jerold Siena, is a tenor of international acclaim who has appeared regularly at some of the world's leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Monnaie in Brussels, The Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich), Rome Opera, New York City Opera and Teatro di San Carlo (Naples). He has performed under many notable conductors including Daniel Barenboim, James Conlon, Erich Leinsdorf, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Andre Previn, Robert Shaw and George Szell, and and collaborated with stage directors Franco Zeffirelli, Harold Prince, Jonathan Miller, Frank Corsaro and Jean-Pierre Ponnelle.
On the concert stage, Jerold Siena has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington), Oratorio Society of New York, Carmel Bach Festival (1971), Bethlehem Bach Festival and Baldwin-Wallace College Bach Festival (1976). He has sung over 30 different recital programs including premiers by Benjamin Britten, Ned Rorem and Dominick Argento.
Jerold Siena held professorships at the University of Arizona and the Yale School of Music. He is now Professor of Voice and founder of the opera studio at the University of Illinois. At the University of Illinois, he created and directed the Jerry Hadley Memorial Concert as well as Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. He is recognized internationally as a master teacher who teaches each summer in Salzburg, Austria and Urbania, Italy. He has presented master-classes for the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program, the American Opera Center of Chicago Lyric Opera, Westminster Choir College, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Internship Program. He is also a recipient of the University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Several of his students have appeared at major opera houses and concert venues around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera.
With Arizona Opera, Jerold Siena created productions of Wagner's Lohengrin, Verdi's La Traviata, and Prokofieff’s Love for Three Oranges. He also directed Puccini's Il Tabarro, Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief, George Frideric Handel's Acis and Galatea, Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor, and B. Britten's Church Parables.