Music Director: Steven Crawford is among the most versatile musicians on the classical scene today. He has conducted in opera companies and orchestras around the United States, is an active concert pianist/accompanist, and is in the top tier of coaches in the opera world, working with singers such as Sherill Milnes, Carol Neblett, Justino Diaz, Barbara Daniels, Pablo Elvira, Aprile Millo, Ortrun Wenkel and Håkan Hagegåard. He was recently awarded the honor of “Vocal Coach of the Year” by Classical Singer magazine.
Maestro Crawford’s conducting engagements include the Metropolitan Opera (La Bohème, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Faust and Madame Butterfly), Cincinnati Opera, Kentucky Opera, Dayton Opera, Nevada Opera, Chelsea Opera and Opera Idaho, as well as the New York Philharmonic and the New World Symphony. He has also conducted a number of world and NYC premieres, including “A Chekhov Trilogy” by Richard Wargo, “Honor” by Christian McLeer, and “The Mark of Cain” by Matthew Harris. His positions (past and present) include principal conductor of the Greater Miami Opera, principal conductor of Land of Enchantment Opera, and principal conductor/artistic advisor of Opera Idaho.
The multi-faceted nature of Maestro Crawford’s work places him is in a unique position to bridge the gap between the instrumental and vocal aesthetics. Long active in the training both singers and instrumentalists, he has conducted at University of Illinois, Portland State University and Prelude to Performance. In 2009 he spearheaded the training of instrumentalists for the Bel Canto Institute of Firenze, IT. He has also been a major presence at a number of vocal training programs in the U.S., including Intermezzo, Co-operative, the Westchester Vocal Institute, and University of Austin Opera program.