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Steven Osgood



Biography

With his unique combination of theatrical and musical background, Steven Osgood brings to the podium a musical incisiveness and dramatic insight which is rare in today’s emerging conductors. His expertise in repertoire ranges from the Baroque through this century’s most challenging scores, including works by John Adams, Philip Glass, and Iannis Xenakis. Osgood recently completed his third season as General and Artistic Director of the Chautauqua Opera Company, which featured productions of Don Giovanni, Candide, and As One. Osgood has conducted numerous world premieres, including Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek's Breaking the Waves; David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s JFK, The Scarlet Ibis, Thumbprint, and Sumeida's Song for the PROTOTYPE Festival; Missy Mazzoli's Song From the Uproar with Beth Morrison Projects; and As One by Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell, and Kimberly Reed. He also conducted workshops of two new operas in development: Herschel Garfein’s Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Conrad Cummings's The Golden Gate, as well as readings of Missy Mazzoli's Song from the Uproar and Anthony Davis’s Revolution of Forms with New York City Opera's VOX 2010. One of three mentors for Washington National Opera's American Opera Initiative, Osgood conducted the world premieres of Adam, Lifeboat, and What Gets Saved in January 2017. An Assistant Conductor with the Metropolitan Opera since 2006, Osgood previously served as Artistic Director of American Opera Projects, where he conducted numerous developmental workshops and founded the internationally recognized Composers and the Voice workshop series; he remains Artistic Director of the fellowship program. His conducting appearances include 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, and his orchestral work includes guest engagements with the Chautauqua Symphony, New West Symphony, Wintergreen Symphony Orchestra and ICE Ensemble.
Steven Osgood