George Cedarquist

George’s work has been seen in all the major opera houses of Europe and America… is what he would be saying if he had been born in Switzerland, spoke four languages and went to a fancy music school.

Instead, he’s following that dream the hard way: by directing new productions and opera scenes with Chicago Fringe Opera (where he Artistic Director), the Bay View Music Festival, North Park University, Wolf Trap Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Northwestern University and Roosevelt University.

George was the Resident Artist Stage Director at Pittsburgh Opera in 2014, the Apprentice Stage Director at the Merola Opera Program in 2013 and a winner of Opera America’s 2013 Director-Designer competition. He was also one of ten Americans to receive the 2011-12 German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

George’s training includes an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University, a BA in Theatre Studies and English from Yale University, and a Directing Fellowship at Wolf Trap Opera.

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