Crystal Manich, international stage director, has been called “masterly in presenting the dramatic confrontation” and for her “nuanced” and “lively staging” by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal among other publications. She strives to make opera a viable theatrical and intimate experience for a new audience and is co-Artistic Director of Opera Omnia in New York, a company that produces 17th and 18th century opera in intimate and casual bars in Manhattan. She is also founder and artistic director of Wanderlust, a company that will perfrom music theatre pieces in public spaces. Crystal has also directed at various companies and the US in addition to her debut in 2010 with Madama Butterfly in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She also served as Assistant Artistic Director on Cirque du Soleil's Quidam in South America in 2009-2010.
Engagements for the 2013-2014 season include a return to Buenos Aires Lírica to direct a new production of Adriana Lecouvreur, in addition to productions of Aida at Pittsburgh Opera, Madama Butterly for Opera Columbus, La bohème and Rusalka with North Carolina Opera and I puritani in her Boston Lyric Opera directorial debut.
Crystal holds a BFA in Drama-Directing from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama with a double major in European Studies and a Masters in Arts Management from CMU's Heinz College for Public Policy and Management. Crystal has studied acting with some of the top teachers in the industry including Patsy Rodenburg. She is a proud member of the Michael Chekhov Association and the American Guild of Musical Artists.
Crystal is fluent Spanish and Italian; speaks basic French, German, Brazilian Portuguese in addition to a knowledge of the Cyrillic alphabet.
She started her professional career as an assistant director in her hometown of Pittsburgh, where she was raised by Puerto Rican parents and her love of opera started with a recording of Tosca at age 15.
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