General and Artistic Director of Chautauqua Opera, 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), Edmonton Opera (Bluebeard’s Castle, Erwartung, La Traviata), Chautauqua Opera (Peter Grimes, The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Tosca), Hawaii Opera (Tosca), Opera Memphis (Die Fledermaus, This Is the Rill Speaking & Bon Appetite, The Rape of Lucretia, Glory Denied), Fort Worth Opera (Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox), Long Beach Opera (Ainadamar), Sarasota Opera (Little Nemo in Slumberland), Wolf Trap Opera (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Manhattan School of Music (The Mother of Us All, Griffelkin, Summer and Smoke, A Month in the Country, The Ghosts of Versailles), Beth Morrison Projects (Sumeida’s Song, Song From the Uproar), Juilliard Opera Theater (Transformations), Northwestern University (The Ghosts of Versailles), DiCapo Opera (Floyd’s Susannah, Picker’s Thérèse Raquin) and the Miller Theater at Columbia University (Xenakis’ Oresteia). Last season, he made a debut with The Atlanta Opera conducting Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers and returned to Opera Saratoga to lead the premiere of Jeremy Howard Beck’s The Long Walk. This season includes a return to the Fort Worth Opera for the premiere of David Little’s J.F.K., a revival of Song From the Uproar to be presented by Los Angeles Opera, and La Traviata, The Mikado, and Songs from the Uproar for Chautauqua Opera.
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 and the Prototype Festival, for whom he has led premiere productions of Song From the Uproar, Sumeida’s Song, The Scarlet Ibis, and Thumbprint.
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 is now entering its 8th season. 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, and acclaimed productions of Glass’ Satyagraha, Adams’ Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, and Muhly’s Two Boys, to name a few.