Opera Stage Director

George Cederquist

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George is the Artistic Director of Chicago Fringe Opera (called “the city’s alt-opera company” by the Chicago Tribune), which premieres experiential, immersive, and site-specific productions of operas composed in English. Directing credits include WOYZECK, THE LONG CHRISTMAS DINNER and THE GREAT GOD PAN, as well as the company’s long-running hit show THE ROSINA PROJECT, a Hip-Hop adaptation of THE BARBER OF SEVILLE. Camera opera filmwork includes CORSAIR for the Decameron Opera Coalition.

In addition, George has directed opera scenes at Wolf Trap Opera and Chautauqua Opera, and new productions with the Chicago Sinfonietta, Pittsburgh Opera, the Bay View Music Festival and Chicago Folks Operetta. An inspiring mentor, George is the Artistic Director of Opera at North Park University and has taught courses and masterclasses at Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, DePaul University and the University of Illinois.

Now in its sixth season, George hosts OPERA BOX SCORE, America’s Talk Radio Show About Opera, every week on The Dallas Opera Network, Apple Podcasts and WNUR 89.3 FM Chicago. The show tackles the week’s opera headlines in an irreverent sports talk radio format.

A recipient of two American Prizes in Directing, George’s production of SILENT NIGHT was chosen as a winner of Opera America’s 2013 Director-Designer competition. As one of ten Americans to receive the 2011 German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, George served as a Regieassistent at the Staatstheater Darmstadt.

George’s training includes residencies with Pittsburgh Opera, the Merola Opera Program, and Wolf Trap Opera. He holds an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University and a BA in Theatre Studies and English from Yale University. A dual US-UK citizen, George is a proud member of Steep Theatre Company and the American Guild of Musical Artists.

He lives in Chicago with his wife, their two children, their cat, and their four chickens.