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Steven Osgood, conductor

Little Nemo in Slumberland

Conductor Steven Osgood is quickly becoming a much sought after conductor across North America, having proven his expertise in repertoire ranging from the Baroque through this century's most challenging score.  He will make his Sarasota Opera debut as conductor for the world premiere performance of Little Nemo in Slumberland, music by Daron Hagen and story by J.D. McClatchy. 

Additional conducting appearances include Beth Morrison Projects for Songs from the Uproar, Long Beach Opera for Glass’ Aidanamar, the Manhattan School of Music for The Ghosts of Versailles, and Opera Memphis for Die Fledermaus.  This summer, he will return to the Chautauqua Festival.  Next season, he will debut with Hawaii Opera conducting Tosca and return to Opera Memphis to conduct The Rape of Lucretia, This Is the Rill Speaking & Bon Appetite.

He was Artistic Director of American Opera Projects from 2001 to 2008, with whom he conducted the world premieres of Paula Kimper’s Patience and Sarah at the 1998 Lincoln Center Festival, and Janice Hamer’s Lost Childhood at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv in 2007.  He created the company’s nationally recognized Composers and the Voice Workshop Series, and led workshops of dozens of works in development, including most recently Tarik O’Regan’s Heart of Darkness, Conrad Cummings’ The Golden Gate, and Séance on a Wet Afternoon by Stephen Schwartz.

Mr. Osgood conducted the world premieres of Tan Dun’s Peony Pavilion, with director Peter Sellars, and Jonathan Sheffer’s Blood on the Dining Room Floor in its critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run.  With DiCapo Opera Theater he has conducted Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, and the American premiere of the chamber version of Tobias Picker’s Thérèse Raquin.  Mr. Osgood led Manhattan School of Music’s productions of Lukas Foss' Griffelkin and Lee Hoiby’s A Month in the Country, a recording of which is available on Albany Records.

With the Santa Fe Opera he was Assistant Conductor for the world premieres of Peter Lieberson’s Ashoka’s Dream, and Bright Sheng’s Madame Mao, as well as the American premieres of Hans Werner Henze’s Venus und Adonis, and Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin.  His New York City Opera debut was with La bohème, and in 2006 he made his debut with Edmonton Opera conducting the renowned Robert LePage production of Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung.  He joined the music staff of the Metropolitan Opera in 2006 as Assistant Conductor for the world premiere of Tan Dun’s The First Emperor, and added productions of La Traviata and Phillip Glass' Satyagraha in the 2007/08 season.