Richard Bado
2010 New England Regional Judge

Richard Bado is Director of the Opera Studies Program at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. He is a regular accompanist for Renee Fleming, and has been Houston Grand Opera’s chorus master since 1988. He made his professional conducting debut in 1989 leading Houston Grand Opera’s production of Show Boat at the newly restored Cairo Opera House in Egypt. He has been on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School for 16 summers and has served on the music staff of the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Australia, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Chautauqua Opera and Wolf Trap Opera. Mr. Bado regularly judges for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and served as Houston Grand Opera’s Head of Music Staff for 14 seasons.

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