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AZO Cast Members & Creatives

Crystal Manich

Crystal Manich (Director) hailed by the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other major publications for “lively” and “imaginative staging,” has directed over 60 productions of operas, plays and musicals. Credits: Buenos Aires Lírica in Argentina, Pinchgut Opera in Australia, Pittsburgh Opera, The Kennedy Center, Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Utah Opera, Theater Lattè Da in Minneapolis, Tulsa Opera, American Opera Projects, Opera Omaha, Opera Santa Barbara, Brevard Center, Opera Columbus, North Carolina Opera, Opera Delaware, Roanoke Opera, and Lyric Opera of Baltimore. She recently directed the world premiere play Return to Sender for Nashville Children’s Theatre, which has received much acclaim and several awards nominations. Former Artistic Director of Mill City Summer Opera and former Founding Co-Artistic Director for Opera Omnia in New York. She was Assistant Artistic Director on Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam in Brazil. Upcoming: the opera version of the film Il Postino at various companies in the US; a Spanish language adaptation of Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto (Florida Grand Opera); the opera version of A Streetcar Named Desire (Opera Roanoke); and La bohème (Wolf Trap Opera). She was a finalist in the 2019 Oaxaca Film Festival Global Script Challenge for her short film script Desconocer. Crystal is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.