General & Artistic Director


Steven Osgood recently completed his third season as General and Artistic Director of the Chautauqua Opera Company.

Steve began the 2018/19 season by conducting Britten's The Turn of the Screw at The Juilliard School, in a production directed by John Giampietro. The winter has him focusing on new works, first joining Cincinnatti Opera's Opera Fusion for a workshop of Laura Kaminsky and Kimberly Reed's work-in-progress Postville, followed by the world premieres of 75 Miles, Relapse and Pepito for Washington National Opera's American Opera Initiative and the world premiere of The Flood by Korinne Fujiwara and Stephen Wadsworth for Opera Columbus.

In recent seasons Steve conducted the world premieres of Breaking the Waves at Opera Philadelphia, JFK at Fort Worth Opera, The Scarlet Ibis, Thumbprint, and Sumeida's Song for the PROTOTYPE Festival, as well as Missy Mazzoli's Song From the Uproar with Beth Morrison Projects.  He was the 2017 Conductor Mentor for Washington National Opera's American Opera Initiative, conducting the premieres of Adam, Lifeboat, and What Gets Kept. Other notable productions include the critically acclaimed world premiere of Xenakis's Oresteia at the Miller Theater, Tan Dun's Marco Polo with De Nederlandse Opera, La Traviata and La bohème with Edmonton Opera; The Ballad of Baby Doe, Peter Grimes and Tosca at Chautauqua Opera; Glory Denied, The Rape of Lucretia, Bon Appetit! and This Is the Rill Speaking with Opera Memphis; Three Decembers at Atlanta Opera;  Tosca at Hawaii Opera Theater,  Stephen Schwartz's Séance on a Wet Afternoon and Massenet's La Navarraise with New York City Opera, Philip Glass' Hydrogen Jukebox at Fort Worth Opera Festival, Conrad Susa's Transformations at Juilliard Opera, Lee Hoiby's Summer and Smoke and Virgil Thomson's The Mother of Us All at Manhattan School of Music, and John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles at both Northwestern University and Manhattan School of Music. 

His concert work included  appearances with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony featuring Tony Award nominee Louise Pitre.  He also conducted workshops of two new operas in development:  Herschel Garfein's Rosenkrantz and Guildentern are Dead, and Conrad Cummings' The Golden Gate, as well as readings of Missy Mazzoli's Song from the Uproar and Anthony Davis' Revolution of Forms with New York City Opera's VOX 2010.

From 2001 to 2008 Steve was Artistic Director of American Opera Projects, where he conducted numerous developmental workshops.  He founded the company's internationally recognized Composers and the Voice workshop series and remains Artistic Director of the fellowship program as it enters its 8th season.  He conducted the world premiere of Paula Kimper's Patience and Sarah at the 1998 Lincoln Center Festival.  In 2014 he conducted the world premiere of As One by Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed in its sold out run at BAM.

Steve has been an Assistant Conductor with the Metropolitan Opera since 2006, working on many production, including  La Cenerentola, Phillip Glass’ Satyagraha, Tan’s The First Emperor, and John Adams' Nixon in China. His conducting appearances include L'Opera de Montreal, New York City Opera, Edmonton Opera, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera and Western Opera Theater, Opera Memphis, Fort Worth Opera Festival, Atlanta Opera, Opera Saratoga, the Gulbenkian Festival, and the Wintergreen Festival.  He has been a regular guest conductor with the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Rice University.  His orchestral work includes guest engagements with the Chautauqua Symphony, New West Symphony, Wintergreen Symphony Orchestra and ICE Ensemble.