Opera Theater Dept.
Gordon Ostrowski, Assistant Dean/Opera Producer Emeritus, served as administrator, artistic producer, stage director, and teacher at Manhattan School of Music from 1991 until his retirement in 2016. He produced fifty operas and fifteen opera recordings during his tenure.
At MSM, he remains on faculty and directs the Amato Opera-in-Brief educational outreach productions of Cendrillon, Cosi fan tutte, Hansel and Gretel, and The Magic Flute. An expert in educational outreach, he has written a family outreach program for Chautauqua Opera called Alice and Alex in Operaland. He has directed Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro for the New Opera Festival of Rome and Die Zauberflote for the Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy. He made his directing debut with Madama Butterfly for Opera Pacific in 1990.
He teaches art song and aria interpretation for the Metropolitan Opera Guild high school intensive. He has taught career and period style classes for the International Lyric Academy, Musiktheater Bavaria, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, Opera Viva! and the Chautauqua Opera Young Artist’s program. He created and taught the Opera Workshop for high school students for the MSM Precollege.
He is the chairman of the Young People’s Opera committee for the National Opera Association. He is a member of Opera America’s Singer Training Forum. He serves on the board of directors of the Douglas Moore Fund for American Opera. He has served on the board of directors of the National Opera Association as Vice President for Conventions, the board of directors of Opera America, and is past president of Opera for Youth, Inc.
He has previously served at the University of Southern California as producer/stage manager; the Santa Fe Opera as production assistant and assistant director; the Cincinnati Opera as assistant director and stage director of ECCO (Ensemble Company of Cincinnati Opera); and Michigan Opera Theatre as assistant to the general director. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri and Central Michigan University.