General & Artistic Director, Chautauqua Opera

Steven Osgood recently completed his fourth season as General and Artistic Director of the Chautauqua Opera Company.

Original engagements during Steve’s COVID-19 shortened 2019-2020 season begin with Steve conducting Taking Up Serpents and Proving Up at Rice University. He joins the Prototype Festival for the world premiere of Blood Moon, and at Lincoln Center Theatre, he will conduct the world premiere of Intimate Apparel by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage, based on her play of the same name.

During the 2018-2019 season, Steve continued his collaboration with Washington National Opera for their American Opera Initiative and brought As One to Merkin Hall. He returned to Juilliard Opera for The Turn of the Screw and joined Opera Columbus for The Flood. He closed the season with Chautauqua Opera‘s Beaumarchais trilogy themed summer, leading performances of Ghosts of Versailles and Il barbiere di Siviglia.

Steve began the 2017-18 season by conducting Britten’s The Turn of the Screw at Columbus Opera in a new production directed by Stephen Wadsworth.  He made his L’Opera de Montreal debut in January 2018 with the first revival of JFK by David T. Little and Royce Vavrek. Steve returned to the Metropolitan Opera  as cover conductor for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra’s three concerts at Carnegie Hall in May and June.

The 2017 season featured the US stage premiere of Monteverdi’s Orfeo in Ottorino Respighi’s realization, along with new productions of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, and Hydrogen Jukebox by Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg; the company’s second Composer in Residence, Gity Razaz; and the return of Opera Invasion, the company’s multi-year audience development initiative. Chautauqua Opera’s 2018 season brought new productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Bernstein’s Candide, and As One by Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed.

In recent seasons Steve conducted the world premieres of Breaking the Waves at Opera PhiladelphiaJFK at Fort Worth OperaThe Scarlet IbisThumbprint, and Sumeida’s Song for the PROTOTYPE Festival, as well as Missy Mazzoli’s Song From the Uproar with Beth Morrison Projects.  He was the 2017 Conductor Mentor for Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, conducting the premieres of AdamLifeboat, and What Gets Kept. Other notable productions include the critically acclaimed world premiere of Xenakis’s Oresteia at the Miller Theater, Tan Dun’s Marco Polo with De Nederlandse OperaLa traviata and La bohème with Edmonton OperaThe Ballad of Baby DoePeter Grimes and Tosca at Chautauqua OperaGlory DeniedThe Rape of LucretiaBon Appetit! and This Is the Rill Speaking with Opera MemphisThree Decembers at Atlanta OperaDead Man Walking at Lyric Opera of Kansas CityThe Long Walk at Utah Opera; Tosca at Hawaii Opera Theater,  Stephen Schwartz’s Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Massenet’s La Navarraise with New York City Opera, Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox at Fort Worth Opera, Conrad Susa’s Transformations and Jonathan Dove’s Flight at Juilliard Opera, Lee Hoiby’s Summer and Smoke and Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All at Manhattan School of Music, and John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles at both Northwestern University and Manhattan School of Music.

His concert work included appearances with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony featuring Tony Award nominee Louise Pitre.  He also conducted workshops of two new operas in development:  Herschel Garfein’s Rosenkrantz and Guildentern are Dead, and Conrad Cummings’ The Golden Gate, as well as readings of Missy Mazzoli’s Song from the Uproar and Anthony Davis’ Revolution of Forms with New York City Opera’s VOX 2010.

Opera Philadelphia – Breaking the Waves

Based on Lars von Trier’s landmark 1996 film, the opera, tautly led by Steven Osgood, held the crowd at the intimate Perelman Theater pretty much spellbound….Osgood’s fifteen-person band (including both harp and electric guitar) played superbly, with special eloquence from pianist Linda Henderson.”

David Shengold, Opera News

“This was also the achievement of the singers’ crisp diction and the subtle balances overseen by the conductor Steven Osgood.”

Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times

“Performances under conductor Steven Osgood were assured on every level. No struggling is heard in the orchestra. ”

David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Steve Osgood led a small orchestra of excellent musicians with his characteristic vigor and precision.”

Ako Imamura, Bachtrack

Chautauqua Opera – L’Orfeo

Steven Osgood led a compelling performance that deftly negotiated the orchestra in the new pit with the singers placed sometimes at considerable distances around the Amphitheater. The large orchestra provided the pomp Respighi desired, conveyed as well by the slow tempi he marked in the score. (We do not know what Monteverdi wanted in this regard as he did not indicate any.)”

Christopher Gibbs, The Chautauquan Daily

“The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Steven Osgood, provided a lush, romantic interpretation of the Renaissance/Baroque classic that enhanced but never overwhelmed the spirit of the original.”

John S. Twinam, Operawire

Fort Worth Opera – JFK

The conductor Steve Osgood brought incisive attacks and brash colors to the wildly surreal episodes of the score and drew nuanced playing from the orchestra when it mattered, in the intimate scenes.”

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

“Steven Osgood’s well-paced, sympathetic conducting did justice to the subtle colors of Mr. Little’s orchestration.”

Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal

“Steven Osgood brings out telling touches from a strong Fort Worth Symphony”

Mark Swed, The Los Angeles Times

“Steven Osgood lucidly conducted the exceptional Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and much of the cast was just as excellent.”

Henry Stewart, Opera News

American Opera Projects – As One

Leading with eloquence and focus was Steven Osgood, a champion of modern American opera. Kaminsky’s score seems to depend heavily on text-inflected melodies and Osgood maintained the delicate balance with ease and an ear for the musical and dramatic arc of this compelling journey.”

Steven Jude Tietjen, Opera News

Adamo Little Women
Adams The Death of Klinghoffer
Adams Nixon in China
Alfano Cyrano de Bergerac
Barab Little Red Riding Hood
Barber A Hand of Bridge
Bartok Bluebeard’s Castle
Beck The Long Walk
Beethoven Fidelio
Berg Wozzeck
Bernstein Candide
Bizet Carmen
Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Britten Peter Grimes
Britten The Rape of Lucretia
Britten The Turn of the Screw
Cavalieri The Temptation of Body and Soul
Cavalli La Calisto
Cimarosa Il Matrimonio Segreto
Cipullo Glory Denied
Corigliano The Ghosts of Versailles
Donizetti Don Pasquale
Dove Flight
Fairouz Sumeida’s Song
Floyd Susannah
Foss Griffelkin
Giordano Andrea Chenier
Glass Hydrogen Jukebox
Glass Satyagraha
Golijov Ainadamar
Gounod Faust
Hagen Little Nemo in Slumberland
Handel Semele
Hayes The Glass Woman
Heggie Dead Man Walking
Heggie Three Decembers
Henze Venus und Adonis
Hoiby Bon Appetit!
Hoiby A Month in the Country
Hoiby Summer and Smoke
Hoiby This is the Rill Speaking
Humperdink Hansel and Gretel
Kaminsky As One
Kimper Patience and Sarah
Leoncavallo I Pagliacci
Lieberson Ahsoka’s Dream
Little J.F.K.
Lortzing Der Wildschütz
Magee Flurrytale
Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana
Massenet Cinderella
Massenet La Navaraise
Massenet Werther
Mazzoli Breaking the Waves
Mazzoli Songs from the Uproar
Menotti The Old Maid and the Thief
Menotti Amahl and the Night Visitors
Monteverdi/Respighi L’Orfeo
Moore The Ballad of Baby Doe
Mozart Cosi Fan Tutte
Mozart Don Giovanni
Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro
Mozart Die Zauberflöte
Muhly Two Boys
Offenbach La Belle Helene
Offenbach Orphée aux Enfers
Peterson Lifeboat
Picker Thérèse Raquin
Pollock What Gets Kept
Poulenc Dialogues of the Carmelites
Puccini La bohème
Puccini Gianni Schicchi
Puccini Madama Butterfly
Puccini Tosca
Puccini Turandot
Rameau Les Indes Galantes
Redler Adam
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia
Rossini La Cenerentola
Saariaho L’Amour de loin
Sankaram Thumbprint
Schoenberg Erwartung
Schwartz Seance on a Wet Afternoon
Sheffer Blood on the Dining Room Floor
Sheng Madame Mao
Sonenberg The Summer King
Smetana The Bartered Bride
Strauss, J. Die Fledermaus
Strauss, R. Ariadne auf Naxos
Strauss, R. Salome
Sullivan H.M.S. Pinafore
Sullivan The Mikado
Sullivan Trial by Jury
Susa Transformations
Tan Dun The First Emperor
Tan Dun Marco Polo
Tan Dun Peony Pavillion
Thomson The Mother of Us All
Verdi Aida
Verdi Falstaff
Verdi Un Giorno di Regno
Verdi Otello
Verdi Rigoletto
Verdi La traviata
Verdi Il Trovatore
Wargo The  Music Shop
Weill Happy End
Weill He Who Says Yes
Weill The Threepenny Opera
Weisman The Scarlet Ibis
Xenakis Oresteia