Steven R. Osgood

Past Performances



Proving Up & Taking Up Serpents                                         
Shepherd School of Music, Rice University

Alison Moritz, Stage Director
Steven Osgood, Conductor

November 1, 3 & 5, 2019
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Tosca - July 10, 13 & 30
Thumbprint- July 3, 5 & 31
The Mother Of Us All - August 1

Steven Osgood is heading into his fourth season as General and Artistic Director of the Chautauqua Opera Company. Chautauqua Opera's 2019 season will bring new productions of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, ¡Figaro! (90210) adapted by Vid Guerrerio from Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, and The Ghosts of Versailles by John Corigliano, including a festival weekend (July 25, 26 & 27) when one can experience the entire Beaumarchais Trilogy on three consecutive nights. Chautauqua Opera welcomes its fourth Composer in Residence, Gilda Lyons; and anticipates the return of Opera Invasion, the company's multi-year audience development initiative. 

The 2018/19 season saw Steve conducting Britten's The Turn of the Screw at The Juilliard School, in a production directed by John Giampietro. He was Conductor Mentor for Washington National Opera's American Opera Initiative, and led the world premieres of 75 Miles, Relapse and Pepito in January. In February he was at Opera Columbus to lead the world premiere of The Flood by Korinne Fujiwara and Stephen Wadsworth.The season concludes with the much anticipated return of As One to New York City for the first time since its premiere in 2014.

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;  Tosca at Hawaii Opera Theater,  Stephen Schwartz's Séance on a Wet Afternoon and Massenet's La Navarraise with New York City Opera, Philip Glass' Hydrogen Jukebox at Fort Worth Opera Festival, Conrad Susa's Transformations 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 (April 30) and Anthony Davis' Revolution of Forms with New York City Opera's VOX 2010.

From 2001 to 2008 Steve was Artistic Director of American Opera Projects, where he conducted numerous developmental workshops.  He founded the company's internationally recognized Composers and the Voice workshop series and remains Artistic Director of the fellowship program as it enters its 8th season.  He conducted the world premiere of Paula Kimper's Patience and Sarah at the 1998 Lincoln Center Festival.  In 2014 he conducted the world premiere of As One by Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed in its sold out run at BAM.

Steve has been an Assistant Conductor with the Metropolitan Opera since 2006, working on many production, including  La Cenerentola, Phillip Glass’ Satyagraha, Tan’s The First Emperor, and John Adams' Nixon in China.
His conducting appearances include L'Opera de Montreal, New York City Opera, Edmonton Opera, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera and Western Opera Theater, Opera Memphis, Fort Worth Opera Festival, Atlanta Opera, Opera Saratoga, the Gulbenkian Festival, and the Wintergreen Festival.  He has been a regular guest conductor with the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Rice University.  His orchestral work includes guest engagements with the Chautauqua Symphony, New West Symphony, Wintergreen Symphony Orchestra and ICE Ensemble.