Committed to Opera

Roy Femenella, Second Horn

Roy Femenella was appointed Second Horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra during the 2022-2023 season. Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Femenella has enjoyed a varied career as an orchestral, chamber, and solo musician. In addition to his work at the Met, he has made appearances with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and the Swedish Radio Symphony. He has been a guest Principal Horn of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa in Portugal, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City. Mr. Femenella is also an active studio musician, and regularly records major motion picture soundtracks.

During the 2017-2020 seasons, Mr. Femenella held a fellowship at the New World Symphony in Miami, during which time he gave several performances of Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto no. 2 as a winner of the New World Symphony Concerto Competition. He is a graduate from both the Juilliard School and the Juilliard School Pre-College Division, where he completed his studies with Met Orchestra Musicians Erik Ralske and Javier Gándara respectively. Additionally, he pursued studies with John Zirbel at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he held a fellowship for three summers as Third Horn of the Aspen Festival Orchestra.