Director Crystal Manich, directing her first production at Brevard, has been hailed by the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other major publications for "lively" and "imaginative staging." She directs regularly for Buenos Aires Lírica in Argentina and Pinchgut Opera in Sydney, Australia, in addition to various companies in the USA including Pittsburgh Opera, The Kennedy Center, Santa Fe Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Tulsa Opera, American Opera Projects, Utah Opera, Opera Omaha, Arizona Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Columbus, North Carolina Opera, Opera Roanoke, and Lyric Opera Baltimore. She served as assistant artistic director on Cirque du Soleil's Quidam in Brazil in 2009-2010. Upcoming projects include Britten's Albert Herring for Boston University and Puccini's Il tabarro / Suor Angelica at Opera Delaware. Crystal is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.