Steven Osgood is a conductor who brings a distinct musical incisiveness and dramatic insight to his work as a result of a unique combination of his experience in the world of theater as well as opera. He has proven his expertise in repertoire ranging from the baroque through the contemporary era’s most challenging works.
Notable conducting engagements include productions at New York City Opera (La Boheme, Seance on a Wet Afternoon), Netherlands Opera (Marco Polo, Peony Pavilion), Edmonton Opera (Bluebeard’s Castle, Erwartung, La Traviata), Chautauqua Opera (Peter Grimes, Madama Butterfly, and Tosca), Hawaii Opera (Tosca), Opera Memphis (Die Fledermaus, This Is the Rill Speaking & Bon Appetite, The Rape of Lucretia), Fort Worth Opera (Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox), Long Beach Opera (Aidanamar), Sarasota Opera (Little Nemo), Wolf Trap Opera (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Manhattan School of Music (The Mother of Us All, Griffelkin, Summer and Smoke,The Ghosts of Versailles), Beth Morrison Projects (Sumeida’s Song, Songs from the Uproar), Juilliard Opera Theater (Transformations), Northwestern University (Conrad Cummings‘ The Golden Gate, The Ghosts of Versailles), DiCapo Opera (Floyd’s Susannah, Hoiby’s A Month in the Country, Picker’s Thérèse Raquin) and the Miller Theater at Columbia University (Xenakis’ Oresteia). This season, he will debut with The Atlanta Opera to conduct Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers and return to Opera Saratoga to lead the premiere of Jeremy Howard Beck’s The Long Walk. Next season already includes a return to the Fort Worth Opera for the premiere of David Little’s JFK.
He has also conducted orchestral concerts with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, and the Chautauqua Festival.
He is a frequent guest of Beth Morrison Productions, for whom he has led productions of Songs from the Uproar, Song, and Thumbprint. In the future, he will lead productions of Thumbprint and Gilgamesh.
As Artistic Director of American Opera Projects from 2001 to 2008, he conducted the world premieres of Paula Kimper’s Patience and Sarah at the 1998 Lincoln Center Festival, and Janice Hamer’s Lost Childhood at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv in 2007. He also created the company’s nationally recognized Composers and the Voice Workshop Series, which enjoyed 5 successful seasons and fostered great vocal writing from 30 emerging composers from the United States and Canada. In recent seasons he has continued collaborating with AOP, conducting workshops of Tarik O’Regan’s Heart of Darkness, Conrad Cummings’ The Golden Gate, and Séance on a Wet Afternoon by Stephen Schwartz. This past September, he conducted the premiere of Laura Kaminsky’s As One.
At the beginning of his career, he prepared the world premiere production of Tan Dun’s Marco Polo for the Munich Bienalle in 1996.With the Santa Fe Opera he was Assistant Conductor for the world premieres of Peter Lieberson’s Ashoka’s Dream, and Bright Sheng’s Madame Mao, as well as the American premieres of Hans Werner Henze’s Venus und Adonis, and Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin.
Mr. Osgood has worked with many of North America’s premiere opera companies, including Canadian Opera Company, the Lake George Opera Festival, the San Francisco Opera, and The Metropolitan Opera, where he has served as Assistant Conductor for the world premiere of Tan Dun’s The First Emperor, Glass’ Satyagraha, Adams’ Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, and Muhly’s Two Boys, to name a few.