Richard  Bado

Conductor/Chorus Master (United States)

HGO Appearances: As conductor: Carousel. As chorus master: Tosca, Eugene Onegin, The Marriage of Figaro, Rusalka, and Carousel. Previously: Received HGO's Silver Rose Award (2013) in honor of his 25th 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: Richard Bado has conducted at La Scala, Opéra National de Paris, Houston Grand Opera, 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, Bado appears this fall in an Australian 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, Jamie Barton, Ryan McKinny, and Nathan Gunn. Bado holds music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he received the 2000 Alumni Achievement Award, and West Virginia University, and 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 appeared on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and 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. He has served on the music staff 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, and regularly judges for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.