Craig Kier, conductor
American Conductor Craig Kier has already received high praise for his “Tesla-like intensity” and “impeccable orchestral support” while leading performances around the world. In the fall of 2014, Maestro Kier become the Director of the Maryland Opera Studio where he has led productions including Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, L’enfant et les sortilèges, Blitzstein’s Regina and Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro. Recent engagements for Maestro Kier include his Arizona Opera debut with Madama Butterfuly, his debut at Wolf Trap Opera leading Britten’s Rape of Lucretia, and a return to Opera Birmingham in La traviata. In 2017, he also makes his Opera Saratoga debut conducting Falstaff, and his Anchorage Opera debut with Don Pasquale. He also continues his relationship with Houston Ballet, leading their Nutcracker, which he has done since 2011.
For three seasons, Maestro Kier was Associate Conductor under Patrick Summers at Houston Grand Opera. During that time, he led dozens of performances including Madama Butterfly, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Die Fledermaus, Trial by Jury and the world premiere of Huang Ruo’s Bound. He also assisted on Otello, Rigoletto, Il trovatore, Don Carlos, La traviata, Le nozze di Figaro and Lucia di Lammermoor. Guest engagements include La bohème with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Il barbiere di Siviglia with Atlanta Opera, Lost in the Stars at The Glimmerglass Festival, Hamlet with Opera Birmingham, L’italiani in Algeri with Opera Santa Barbara and The Music Man at Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman. Maestro Kier began his career as part of Seattle Opera’s music staff and has also served on the music staffs of The Santa Fe Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Atlanta Opera, Opera Colorado and Des Moines Metro Opera.