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Steven Osgood

Steven Osgood's conducting credits include L’Opéra de Montréal, New York City Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Atlanta Opera, Opera Memphis, Utah Opera, Opera Columbus, Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School.  He joined the music staff of The Metropolitan Opera in 2006 as Cover Conductor for the world premiere of Tan Dun’s The First Emperor.  He has continued in that role for subsequent productions including Satyagraha, Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, and La bohème as well as Assistant Conductor for the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.


Mr. Osgood has conducted the world premieres of over two dozen operas, including Sumeida’s Song, The Scarlett Ibis, Blood Moon and Thumbrint for the PROTOTYPE Festival.  Other notable premieres include As One (Kaminsky/Campbell/Reed), The Long Walk (Beck/Fleischman), Breaking the Waves (Mazzoli/Vavrek),  and JFK (Little/Vavrek).  He has been the Conductor Mentor for Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, leading the premieres of six of their commissioned works.  This season he will conduct the world premiere of Intimate Apparel by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage at the Lincoln Center Theater.


As Artistic Director of American Opera Projects from 2001 to 2008 he created the company’s prestigious Composers & the Voice fellowship program which has fostered the careers of over 80 composers and librettists, and is now in its 11th cycle.  


Osgood has been General and Artistic Director of the Chautauqua Opera Company since 2016, during which time he has led productions ranging from La Traviata and Don Pasquale to contemporary masterpieces such as Song From the Uproar, Hydrogen Jukebox and The Ghosts of Versailles.  He created the company’s Composer-in-Residence position in 2016, and continues to extend its commitment to new works by adding two Composer Fellowships for emerging composers in the 2021 season.