Craig Kier

American Conductor Craig Kier has already received high praise for his "Tesla like intensity" and "impeccable orchestral support" while leading performances throughout the United States and on international stages. In the fall of 2014, Maestro Kier became the Director of the Maryland Opera Studio where he has led productions including Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, L'enfant et les sortilèges, The Rape of Lucretia, Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, Blitzstein's Regina and Rossini's L'occasione fa il ladro.

Recent engagements for Maestro Kier include his Arizona Opera debut with Madama Butterfly, his debut at Wolf Trap Opera leading Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, and his return to Opera Birmingham in La traviata. In the 2017 – 2018 season, he makes his Opera Saratoga debut conducting Falstaff, his Anchorage Opera debut with Don Pasquale, and his Brevard Music Center debut leading La Cenerentola. He also continues his relationship with Houston Ballet, leading their Nutrcracker, which he has done since 2011, and leads La clemenza di Tito and Dialogues of the Carmelites with the Maryland Opera Studio.

From 2010 – 2013, Maestro Kier was Associate Conductor under Patrick Summers at Houston Grand Opera. During his time with the company 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 productions of Otello, Rigoletto, Il trovatore, Don Carlos, La traviata, Le nozze di Figaro and Lucia di Lammermoor.

Additional guest engagements for Maestro Kier include La bohème with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Il barbiere di Siviglia with Atlanta Opera, Kurt Weill's Lost in the Stars at the Glimmerglass Festival, Thomas' Hamlet with Opera Birmingham, L'italiani in Algeri with Opera Santa Barbara, The Sound of Music with Central City Opera, and The Music Man at Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman.

Maestro Kier began his career as part of Seattle Opera's music staff, serving in a variety of roles including Assistant Conductor, Coach/Accompanist, and Chorus Master. He also served on the music staffs of The Santa Fe Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Atlanta Opera, Opera Colorado and Des Moines Metro Opera.