Richard  Bado

Chorus Master (United States)

HGO Appearances:

Otello, Così fan tutte, Madame Butterfly, The Magic Flute, and Sweeney Todd. Previously: Received HGO's Silver Rose Award (2013) in honor of his twenty-fifth anniversary as chorus master. Head of music staff (1991-2005). Conducted Show Boat at the Cairo Opera House in Egypt (1989) and Robert Wilson's production of Four Saints in Three Acts on tour at the Edinburgh Festival (1996). HGO Studio artist (1984-85).

About the Artist: A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Richard Bado made his professional conducting debut in 1989 leading Houston Grand Opera's acclaimed production of Show Boat at the newly restored Cairo Opera House in Egypt. Since then, he has conducted at La Scala, Opéra National de Paris, New York City Opera, the Aspen Music Festival, the Tulsa Opera, the Russian National Orchestra, the Florida Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony, Wolf Trap Opera, and Houston Ballet. An accomplished pianist, he appeared last season in a recital tour with Renée Fleming. He has also played for Cecilia Bartoli, Frederica von Stade, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Marcello Giordani, Ramón Vargas, Samuel Ramey, and Nathan Gunn and has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. He holds music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he received the 2000 Alumni Achievement Award, and West Virginia University; he also studied advanced choral conducting with Robert Shaw. He is the director of the opera studies program at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. He has served on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Dolora Zajick Institute for Young Dramatic Voices and the International Vocal School in Moscow and has served on the music staffs of the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, the Bolshoi Opera Young Artist Program, Opera Australia, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Chautauqua Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera. He regularly judges for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.