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 perform music theatre pieces in public spaces. In 2014 Wanderlust received a grant from the Koneen Saatio Foundation in Finland to develop a new project, Women in the Woods. Crystal has also directed at various companies in the US and abroad with Buenos Aires Lírica in Argentina. She also served as Assistant Artistic Director on Cirque du Soleil's Quidam tour in South America.
Engagements for the 2014-2015 season include a return to Pittsburgh Opera directing Rodelinda, La voix humaine and Pagliacci for Opera Columbus, Don Giovanni with North Carolina Opera and Così fan tutte for Utah Opera.
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 Czech and 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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