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Craig Kier leading Ravel's L’enfant et les sortilèges at Maryland Opera Studio, 2015 | Photo by Colin Hovde

April 2017: Craig's work with the University of Maryland Opera Studio featured in new video

Craig and his students in collabortation with American composer and pianist Martin Hennessy works with singers in the Maryland Opera Studio (MOS) on his adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Young King.


January 2017: Craig makes Arizona Opera Debut leading Madama Butterfly

Tucson, AZ: Arizona Opera kicks off 2017 with Puccini's masterpiece, Madama Butterfly. Sandra Lopez and Rena Harms will alternate in the title role of Cio-Cio-San, with tenors Daniel Montenegro and Marco Cammarota alternating as Lieutenant Pinkerton. Levi Hernandez will take the role of Sharpless, while Deborah Nansteel and Mariya Kaganskaya alternate in the role of Suzuki. Conductor Craig Kier makes his Arizona Opera debut and Stage Director Matthew Ozawa returns to direct.

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September 2016: Watch Wolftrap's Rape of Lucretia online

Vienna, VA: Wolf Trap Opera’s new production of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia is now available online. Performed in June 2016, it featured performances by the Filene Young Artists of the 2016 season roster and was conducted by Craig Kier. directed by Louisa Muller, with set design by Erhard Rom, costumes by Kara Harmon, wigs & makeup by Anne Nesmith, and lighting by Robert H. Grimes.

The Rape of Lucretia
- Act I
at Wolftrap Opera, conducted by Craig Kier

The Rape of Lucretia
- Act II
at Wolftrap Opera, conducted by Craig Kier

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July 2016: Craig Kier makes Opera Saratoga debut in 16/17 leading Falstaff

Saratoga Springs, NY: Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced today the three exciting new productions that will comprise the company's 2017 Summer Festival including Verdi's Falstaff, which has not been produced by Opera Saratoga in 26 years. Emerging American conductor Craig Kier will lead a new production by director Chuck Hudson.
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June 2016: Craig Kier discusses Britten at Wolf Trap on WETA

Vienna, VA: Wolf Trap opera's 2016 summer season begins with a Benjamin Britten masterpiece --The Rape of Lucretia. Classical WETA morning host David Ginder chats with Lucretia conductor Craig Kier about how Britten masterfully tells a difficult story on the opera stage, how chamber opera is at least as dramatic as Puccini and Verdi, and about the informative DC-area-wide Lucretia Project.



May 2016: Craig Kier joins L2 Artists

New York, NY: L2 Artists is proud to welcome conductor Craig Kier to their roster of artists.
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January 2016: Preview of Opera Birmingham's La traviata features Craig Kier on Verdi and role debuts...

Birmingham, AL: Maestro Kier reflects, “He [Verdi] takes a very traditional orchestra and uses it in remarkably creative ways, ...It’s a great pleasure to work with singers who are doing these roles for the first time and to help cultivate the groundwork..." Read the full interview here.

January 2016: Craig Kier Announces Wolf Trap opera debut

Vienna, VA: In Summer of 2016 Mr. Kier will make an exciting debut with Wolf Trap Opera conducting Britten's The Rape of Lucretia. Performances dates, cast, and production information are forthcoming. Craig's full schedule can be found here.



August 2015: Craig Kier Announces 2015/16 Performances

Scheduled highlights in Craig Kier's 2015/16 season include a return to Houston Ballet to conduct performances of Tchaikovsky's long-loved The Nutcracker and to Opera Birmingham for La traviata. This season also marks his second year as Director of the Maryland Opera Studio where he will lead productions of Mozart's Don Giovanni and Blitzstein's Regina.
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February 2015: Craig Kier makes Opera Santa Barbara Debut with L’Italiana in Algeri

Santa Barbara, CA: Craig Kier leads one of Rossini's most exquisite successes, who was just 21 at the time he composed it. L'Italiana in Algeri perfectly blends Rossini's talent of mixing opera seria with opera buffa.

Performances are March 6 & 8, 2015.
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January 2015:
Craig Kier conducts Hamlet at Opera Birmingham

Birmingham, AL: "It’s a singer’s opera," says conductor Craig Kier. "It’s that romance, so much instilled in the music, that gives the opera its appeal... I feel confident about what we have done."

Performances are January 23 & 25, 2015.
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November 2014:
Craig Kier leads Così fan tutte at Maryland Opera Studio

College Park, MD: Says Kier, “We don’t have the maximum amount of scenery because the idea is to have the singers focus on their character work and telling the story through really detailed decisions they’ve made as an actor...that’s one of the things we really focus on at the Maryland Opera Studio: stage craft.”

Performances are November 21, 23, 24 & 25, 2014.
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August 2014: Craig Kier receives raves for The Sound of Music

Central City, CO: "Craig Kier conducts a superb orchestra in the pit and maintains contact with the singers at all times. The presence of the full orchestra, even more than the singers, is the greatest benefit to an operatic production."
-Kelly Dean Hansen, The Daily Camera

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June 2014:
Craig Kier Appointed Director of the Maryland Opera Studio

College Park, MD: Mr. Kier will succeed the great stage director Leon Major as the next Director of the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland School of Music. In addition to conducting several shows there each season he aims to focus the energies of the many musical aspects of the graduate program. He will join the faculty in Fall of 2014. Full story.



May 2014: Craig Kier Announces 2014/15 Season

Houston, TX: Performances include company debuts with Opera Birmingham and Opera Santa Barbara, as well as a return to the Houston Ballet. Additionally, Craig will conduct Così fan tutte, L'enfant et les sortilèges, and Rossini's L'occasione fa il ladro as part of his new post as Director of the Maryland Opera Studio. +Full schedule



April 2014: Craig Kier returns to Houston Grand Opera for Die Fledermaus

Houston, TX: Performances are May 16 and 17, 2014 at the Miller Outdoor Theatre.
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March 2014:
Craig Kier and Katie Van Kooten discuss magic of La bohème on Kansas City Live

Kansas City, KS: Lyric Opera of Kansas City continues its 56th season with Giacomo Puccini's La bohème on March 15 , 17, 19, 21 and 23, 2014 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
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February 2014:
Craig to Conduct Hamlet with Opera Birmingham

Birmingham, AL: In the 2014/15 season Conductor Craig Kier will make his company debut with Opera Birmingham. Soprano Leah Partridge and baritone Corey McKern will sing the lead roles in a Dona D. Vaughn directed production. Performances are January 23 and 25, 2015.
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January 2014:Craig Returns to Houston Grand Opera

Houston, TX: This month Craig returns to the Houston Grand Opera for Rigoletto. He serves as cover conductor for Patrick Summers. Performances begin January 24, 2014. More information.



November 2013: Craig Prepares for Albert Herring with Maryland Opera Studio

College Park, MD: Writes Cara Hedgepeth of, "Houston-based conductor Craig Kier is conducting the piece. A graduate of SUNY Fredonia in New York City, Kier currently spends most of his time working with the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet. Recently, he’s been frequently making the trip to and from College Park to work with the Maryland Opera Studio students. "I’ve actually been there several times,” Kier said. “We spent the first week coaching it musically and putting all of the ensembles together ... I’ve been back three or four times to oversee things." Read full article.

October 2013: Craig Debuts with Central City Opera

Central City, CO: Craig Kier will round out his 2013/14 season by making his company debut with Central City Opera leading Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved The Sound of Music. Tickets and more information.



September 2013: Craig Kier to Conduct Albert Herring in Maryland

College Park, MD: This fall Craig Kier will make his company debut with the Maryland Opera Studio conducting Albert Herring. Performances are November 22 - 26, 2013. More information.



June 2013:Craig Kier Returns to The Santa Fe Opera

Santa Fe, NM: Rounding out his 2012/13 season Mr. Kier returns to the internationally acclaimed Santa Fe Opera Festival to serve as assisant conductor for Rossini's La donna del lago starring
and Lawrence Brownlee. This will be the conductor's fourth season with the company. More information.



March 2013: Craig Kier Announces 2013/14 Season

Houston, TX: In the 2013/14 season Craig will make his conducting debut with Lyric Opera of Kansas City conducting La bohème. He will also return to Houston Grand Opera and Atlanta Opera to conduct performances of Die Fledermaus and Il barbiere di Siviglia, respectively. See Craig's full 2013/14 season schedule.

September 2012:

Craig Kier travels to Oman

Cooperstown, NY: Mr. Kier travels to Oman with Glimmerglass Opera to make his conducting debut at the famed Royal Opera House in the capital city of Muscat. He will lead performances of The Music Man.

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July 2012:
Craig Kier Debuts with Glimmerglass

Cooperstown, NY: Mr. Kier debuts as a guest artist at the Glimmerglass Festival this Summer, serving as the Assistant Conductor for 'Lost in the Stars' and The Music Man. He then returns to his conducting duties with Houston Grand Opera for an exciting 2012/13 Season.


June 2012: Announcing

Santa Fe, NM: The Official Website for conductor Craig Kier, including news, reviews, schedule
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