Steven Osgood recently completed his sixth season as General and Artistic Director of the Chautauqua Opera Company.
Mr. Osgood’s engagements for the 2022-2023 season include a return to the Metropolitan Opera for La traviata, Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up at The Juilliard School and Street Scene at Rice University. Last season included rescheduled performances of Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage’s highly successful Intimate Apparel at Lincoln Center Theatre, and he joined the Metropolitan Opera for their acclaimed production of Akhnaten.
During the COVID-19 impacted 2020-2021 season, Mr. Osgood’s original engagements included conducting further performances of Intimate Apparel by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage, based on her play of the same name, at Lincoln Center Theatre (postponed), and he led workshop reading of new operas for the Metropolitan Opera and Opera Memphis. Original engagements during Steve’s COVID-19 shortened 2019-2020 season began with a collaboration with Rice University, conducting Taking Up Serpents and Proving Up (performed). He joined the Prototype Festival for the world premiere of Blood Moon (performed), and at Lincoln Center Theatre, he conducted the world premiere of Intimate Apparel (show run interrupted & postponed).
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 2017-2018 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 Philadelphia, JFK at Fort Worth Opera, The Scarlet Ibis, Thumbprint, 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 Adam, Lifeboat, 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 Opera, La traviata and La bohème with Edmonton Opera; The Ballad of Baby Doe, Peter Grimes and Tosca at Chautauqua Opera; Glory Denied, The Rape of Lucretia, Bon Appetit! and This Is the Rill Speaking with Opera Memphis; Three Decembers at Atlanta Opera; Dead Man Walking at Lyric Opera of Kansas City; The 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.