Richard Crittenden

Director, teaches privately in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. and sang as a baritone professionally. Taught at Curtis Institute of Music (head of Master's Opera Program), Yale University School of Music, New York University, Mannes School of Music (NYC). Workshops at Oglebay Park, Southeastern Massachusetts University, Cleveland, Louisiana, Elliott Lake and Banff in Canada, and the Fletcher School of Music. He has directed at the New York City Opera Theatre, Arlington Opera, Washington Civic Opera, Utah Opera Theatre, Western New York Opera, Springfield (Ohio) Opera, and Opera Music Theatre International of New Jersey. Mr. Crittenden has also worked as an assistant to Frank Corsaro, Adelaide Bishop, Henry Butler and Lotfi Mansouri. He was on the staff of Boris Goldovsky for many years and is on the Board of Trustees of the Goldovsky Foundation. He has lectured at various Universities and given many Master Classes, including a class on Poulenc for the Poulenc International Centennial in New York City. He has written a column on stage directing for the National Opera Association Journal for several years and is the author of The Career Track: How to Plan for a Professional Operatic Career. He has been a judge for the Liederkranz Vocal Competition for ten years.


Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Vrenios


Associate Director, Stage director and acting instructor Professor Emerita at American University where she taught voice, acting and headed the vocal and opera programs. She has taught at workshops throughout the US including Southeastern Massachusetts University, SUNY Purchase, New York University, and Oglebay Park, and has directed the Washington Opera Theatre, Springfield Opera, Washington Civic Opera, Mount Vernon Opera, and the University of Delaware Opera among others. She is much sought after for her master classes which she has given in Japan, Scandanavia, South America and across the United States. Well known for her interpretations of Contemporary music, she has premiered over 100 works, many of them composed for her. Her solo recitals throughout the United States, South America, Scandinavia, Japan and Europe have been acclaimed. In addition, she has recorded on Orion and CRI. Ms.Kirkpatrick- Vrenios has judged many national vocal competitions, including the Liederkranz Vocal Competition, the International Friday Morning Music Vocal Auditions, The Contemporary Opera Auditions, and the Marian Anderson Competition. She maintains voice studios in Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston. Presently she is National President of the National Opera Association, and is the Artistic Director of the Redwoods Opera Workshop held in Mendocino, California in June.


Adriana Hardy

Stage Director and movement instructor. Voice teacher and certified Feldenkreis practitioner. She also conducts her own workshops in body, breath, and sound. She combines a background in singing, dance and choreography, movement therapies, yoga, and Alexander Technique. Her work as a director spans all music genres as well as plays and reader's theatre. She founded and served as artistic director of a summer stock company in upstate New York. She is a member of NATS and NOA.

Larry Vincent


Larry Vincent

Stage Director

Dr. Vincent is presently a professor of music and member of the voice faculty as well as the director of opera at the School of Music at Brigham Young University where he has produced and/or directed Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, Die Zauberflöte, and Le nozze di Figaro, Jacque Ibert’s Angelique, Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata , Egelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel, and Kirke Mechem’s Tartuffe, Pucinni’s Gianni Schicchi, and La bohème, Bizet’s Carmen, the world premiers of Murray Boren’s The Book of Gold and M. Ryan Taylor’s Abinadi, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore and The Gondoliers and Johann Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus.

Dr. Vincent’s repertoire includes major roles in over 45 different operas and operettas with more than 1200 stage appearances to his credit.

His professional opera career began in New York City with the Boris Goldovsky Opera Co. and later at the Michigan Opera Theater. Before moving to Europe in 1982 where he was engaged as lyric tenor in Trier Germany, he and his wife wrote, produced and performed programs with the Colorado public school introducing young audiences to opera. In 1987 he was offered a contract with the Vienna “Volksoper” singing leading roles in opera as well as operetta. From 1991 to 1996, he was a member of the Vienna State Opera solo ensemble singing such roles as “Tamino” in Die Zauberflöte, “Narraboth” in Salome and “The Singer” in Rosenkavalier.

As a result of his “extraordinary contribution to the arts in the field of music”, Dr. Vincent was awarded honorary Austrian citizenship in 1994.



Meredith Wynne

Stage Director

>Voice and performance studios in Flagstaff and Sedona, Arizona. Taught at Northern Arizona University. Goldovsky Foundation Internship recipient. Opera and recital performanceson four continents.(Washington) currently heads the voice and opera/musical theater program at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, Arizona and has taught at Harvard and Northern Arizona
University. She has performed recitals in Europe, Asia, India, the United States, and Africa. She holds degrees from Vassar and the Boston Conservatory


Victoria Gau


Victoria Gau is Artistic Director/ Conductor of the Capital City Symphony and on the opera faculty at George Mason University as coach/conductor. She has music directed and served as coach/accompanist for opera companies in Cleveland, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington. She conducts the Young Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra of the DC Youth Orchestra Program.