2022 Coach and Conductor
Conductor, Vocal Coach, Recitalist and Educator Elaine Rinaldi is a versatile performer with over 35 years’ experience on the concert stage. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Orchestra Miami, a professional symphonic ensemble based in Miami, Florida, where for the past 15 season she has programmed and conducted performances which critics have called “thrilling” and “absolutely exceptional”. Of the many highlights of her work with Orchestra Miami, she was most recently recognized with the First Prize in The American Prize Ernst Bacon Award for the Performance of American Music, in the professional ensemble division, for her performance of Marvin David Levy's Inquisition & Masada. Of her work with Orchestra Miami, Lawrence Budmen of the Miami Herald wrote “Rinaldi clearly has a penchant for offering interesting thematic programming and promising soloists” and Daniel Fernandez of El Nuevo Herald wrote, “Rinaldi is a conductor who marries her professionalism with an exquisite sensitivity”.
In addition to her work with Orchestra Miami, Rinaldi is much in demand as an opera conductor. Recent appearances include performances with Opera in the Ozarks (The Magic Flute), the Miami Music Festival (L’Incoronzione di Poppea & Die Zauberflöte), Mezzano Romantico Summer Festival (Gianni Schicchi & Suor Angelica), Opera Orlando (Don Giovanni), Tri-Cities Opera (Don Giovanni) among others.
As a vocal coach, she has held the positions of Senior Vocal Coach at Opera in the Ozarks, led the Young Artist program at former Dicapo Opera and was a Lecturer in Vocal Coaching at the University of Miami for 8 years. Her awards have included the Agnis Varis/Intercities Performing Arts grant, the League of American Orchestra’s mentorship with Joann Faletta, Finalist for the American Prize for Orchestral Conducting and Orchestra Performance, the Newton Swift Prize for Accompanying at the Mannes College of Music and the M. B. Byrd full tuition scholarship at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. As a young musician, Elaine was privileged to have worked closely with some of the biggest names in the opera world, including Renato Capecchi, Nico Castel, Sherrill Milnes, Joan Dornemann, Mignon Dunn, Renata Scotto, Juan Pons, Judith Blegen and Dodi Protero, as well as Franco Corelli, Sena Jurinacs, Theo Adam, Maestro Horst Stein, Dolores Ziegler and James King.
As a recitalist, Elaine has performed hundreds of recitals with instrumentalists and singers. Notable engagements have included recitals with Russell Thomas, Elizabeth Caballero, Eglise Gutierrez & Yunah Lee. She frequently performs chamber music with different ensembles from Orchestra Miami and several times has appeared as a guest with the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival.