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Richard Bado made his professional conducting debut in 1989 leading Houston Grand Opera’s acclaimed production of Show Boat at the newly restored Cairo Opera House in Egypt. Since then, Mr. Bado has conducted at Teatro alla Scala, Opéra National de Paris, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, the Tulsa Opera, the Florida Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony, Wolf Trap Opera, Houston Ballet, and has conducted the Robert Wilson production of Virgil Thomsen’s Four Saints in Three Acts at the Edinburgh Festival. He appears regularly in recital with Renée Fleming and has also accompanied Cecilia Bartoli, Denyce Graves, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, Ramon Vargas and Nathan Gunn.

Mr. Bado, who holds music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he received the 2000 Alumni Achievement Award and West Virginia University, has studied advanced choral conducting with Robert Shaw. As Houston Grand Opera’ Chorus Master, Mr. Bado has prepared choruses for 17 seasons, including the chorus for the Decca video recording of La Cenerentola with Cecilia Bartoli. In the fall of 2005, Mr. Bado joins the faculty at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music as Head of their Opera Studies Program.

He has been on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School for 11 summers and has served on the music staff of the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Chautauqua Opera and Wolf Trap Opera This past seasons’ highlights include conducting Madama Butterfly at the Houston Grand Opera, preparing the HGO Chorus for HGO’s 50 th Anniversary Gala Concert and working on Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the Seattle Opera. This seasons’ highlights include a six-city recital tour with Renée Fleming and a recital debut with Frederica von Stade.
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