Steven Osgood recently completed his fourth season as General and Artistic Director of the Chautauqua Opera Company.
Steven opened the 2019-2020 season at Rice University conducting the double bill of Kamala Sankaram and Jerre Dye’s Taking Up Serpents and Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s Proving Up. In January, he joined the PROTOTYPE Festival for the world premiere of Blood Moon. This Spring, at Lincoln Center Theatre, he will serve as music director and conductor for the world premiere ofIntimate Apparel by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage, based on her play of the same name.
Steven has conducted the world premieres of over 20 operas, including in recent seasons 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.
His concert work has 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 Steven 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. He conducted the world premieres of As One in its sold-out run at BAM, and Paula Kimper’s Patience and Sarah at the 1998 Lincoln Center Festival.
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