Previous Adjudicators have included international conductor Daniel Beckwith, opera manager Peter Randsman, conductor and vocal coach Elizabeth Hastings, director and voice teacher Judith Fredricks, manager Pamela Curzon, stage director and acting coach Marc Verzatt, and dramatic coloratura soprano Zoe Vandermeer.
Maestro Steven M. Crawford is among the most versatile musicians on the classical scene today. He has conducted in opera companies and orchestras around the United States, has accompanied the worlds finest singers, and is in the top tier of coaches in the opera world.
Maestro Crawford will return this season to KY Opera to conduct Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied. His past conducting engagements include performances with the Metropolitan Opera (La Bohème, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Faust and Madama Butterfly), Cincinnati Opera, Greater Miami Opera, Syracuse Opera, Kentucky Opera, Dayton Opera, Nevada Opera, Chelsea Opera and Opera Idaho. He has also conducted a number of world and NYC premieres, including A Chekhov Trilogy by Richard Wargo, Honor by Christian Mcleer, and the Mark of Cain by Matthew Harris. His positions (past and present) include principal conductor of the Greater Miami Opera, principal conduc- tor of Land of Enchantment Opera, and principal conductor/artistic advisor of Opera Idaho. He has been engaged as conductor by the New World Symphony as well as cover to Kurt Mazur with the New York Philharmonic.
An active accompanist, Maestro Crawford has performed in recital with Håkan Hagegåard, Ortrun Wenkel, Sue Patchell, Mallory Walker, and many others. He has worked extensively as a coach with Sherrill Milnes, Tom Krause, and Aprile Milo.
A long-time proponent of training both singers and instrumentalists, Maestro Crawford has been Music Director of Land of Enchantment Opera, is senior coach for the Vann Vocal Institute, and has conducted the New York premieres of Henry Mollicone’s Lady- bird and Kitty Braselton’s Fireworks for Hunter College. He has conducted at University of Illinois, Portland State University and Prelude to Performance, and in 2009 he spear- headed the training of instrumentalists for the Bel Canto institute of Firenze, IT, a program to which he returned in the summer of 2019.