George Cederquist

Opera Stage Director

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George has directed new productions and opera scenes with Chicago Fringe Opera (where he is the Artistic Director), Chicago Summer Opera, North Park University, Wolf Trap Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Roosevelt University, the Bay View Music Festival, and Chicago Opera Vanguard.

In September 2015, George launched OPERA BOX SCORE, America’s only weekly talk radio show about opera. He hosts the show every Monday at 9 pm (CT), broadcast live on WNUR 89.3 FM Chicago, streamed live on-line and available as a podcast on iTunes.

A winner of the 2015 American Prize in Directing, George was the Resident Artist Stage Director at Pittsburgh Opera during the 2013-2014 season. He served as the assistant director for the company’s mainstage productions, and directed new productions of Nico Muhly’s DARK SISTERS and Gregory Spears’s PAUL’S CASE.

As the Summer 2013 Apprentice Stage Director at the Merola Opera Program, George directed the Merola Grand Finale at the War Memorial Opera House, collaborating with conductor John DeMain and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.

George’s production of Kevin Puts’ SILENT NIGHT was chosen as a winner of Opera America’s Director-Designer competition. In May 2013, he presented this production concept to artistic directors and industry professionals during a special session of Opera America’s annual National Opera Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

One of ten Americans to receive the 2011-12 German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, George was the first opera stage director ever to win this prestigious award. During his fellowship in Germany, he served as a Regieassistent at the Staatstheater Darmstadt.

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. A dual US-UK citizen, George is also an ensemble member of Steep Theatre Company (Chicago) and a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists.

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