Maestro Rolando Salazar has a truly expansive repertoire and will make his Opera Columbus debut in 2023 with Astor Piazzolla's Maria de Buenos Aires, which he also worked on at Atlanta Opera. Atlanta Opera conducting credits include Pagliacci, Barber of Seville, Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins, and student matinees of La Boheme and Don Pasquale. Last year, Maestro Salazar was featured in Love Letters to Atlanta, performing alongside singers Morris Robinson, Jamie Barton, and Kevin Burdette, and he also conducted Handel's Messiah for the Atlanta Concert Opera in an online broadcast viewed all over the world. Salazar conducted and played harpsichord in Le Nozze di Figaro for Red River Lyric Opera and was featured in the digital version of Madison Opera's new Opera in the Park series.
Rolando has served as an Associate Conductor and Chorus Master for The Atlanta Opera, where he worked with Walter Huff and covered conductors Arthur Fagen, Joseph Colaneri, Joseph Rescigno, Ari Pelto, Joseph Mechavich, David Charles Abell, Dean Williamson, and Jorge Parodi. With Director Tomer Zvulun, Salazar has worked on numerous shows, including Pagliacci, Salome, Onegin, Dead Man Walking, Dutchman, and Silent Night, among others. He has worked with other directors such as Francesca Zambello, Kristine McIntyre, Chuck Hudson, Lauren Meeker, and Jose Maria Condemi.
Maestro Salazar has also collaborated with notable singer such as Jay Hunter Morris, Talise Trevigne, Jennifer Larmore, Leah Partridge, Emily Pulley, Jasmine Habersham, and Reginald Smith. Rolando keeps an active coaching and collaborative piano schedule in Atlanta, preparing numerous singers for engagements with major orchestras and opera houses worldwide.