Chorus Master (United States)
HGO Appearances: Received HGO’s Silver Rose Award last season in honor of his twenty-fifth anniversary as chorus master. Head of music staff (1991–2005). Conducting debut leading Show Boat at the Cairo Opera House in Egypt (1989); conducted 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 has conducted at La Scala, Paris National 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, he appeared last season in recitals with Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, and Frederica von Stade. He has also played for Cecilia Bartoli, Denyce Graves, Marcello Giordani, Ramón Vargas, Samuel Ramey, and Nathan Gunn, and 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, and 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 been on the faculties of the Aspen Music Festival and School and the International Vocal School in Moscow, and 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.