Chautauqua Opera General and Artistic Director
Steven Osgood has conducted the world premieres of over two dozen operas, including Sumeida’s Song, The Scarlett Ibis and Thumbrint for the PROTOTYPE Festival. Other notable premieres include As One, The Long Walk (Beck/Fleischman), Breaking the Waves (Mazzoli/Vavrek), and JFK (Little/Vavrek). He has been the Conductor Mentor for Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, leading the premieres of six of their commissioned works. His conducting credits include L’Opera de Montreal, New York City Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Atlanta Opera, Opera Memphis, Opera Columbus, Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School.
He has been on the music staff of the Metropolitan Opera since 2006. As Artistic Director of American Opera Projects from 2001 to 2008 he created the company’s prestigious Composers & the Voice fellowship program which has fostered the careers of over 50 composers and librettists. Osgood has been General and Artistic Director of the Chautauqua Opera Company since 2016, during which time he has led productions ranging from La Traviata and Don Pasquale to contemporary masterpieces such as Song From the Uproar, Hydrogen Jukebox and The Ghosts of Versailles. In January, 2020 Mr. Osgood conducted the world premiere of Blood Moon by Garrett Fisher and Ellen McLaughlin for the PROTOTYPE Festival.
At the time of the COVID-19 shutdown he was conducting preview performances of Intimate Apparel by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage. That production, directed by Bartlett Sher, is expected to return for its world premiere and extended run at the Lincoln Center Theater in 2021.
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