Keith Chambers, Conductor
Conductor Keith Chambers has been praised by the Dallas Morning News for the “taut and carefully scaled playing” of his orchestra. He has conducted for The Dallas Opera, Amarillo Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, American Lyric Theater, Manhattan Opera Studio, The Living Opera, Martha Cardona Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, and American Opera Projects. Mr. Chambers has been Assistant Conductor of The Dallas Opera and New York City Opera, as well as assistant to noted conductors Emmanuel Villaume, Patrick Summers, and Riccardo Frizza, among others.
A strong relationship with The Dallas Opera has provided Mr. Chambers with the opportunity to conduct The Dallas Opera Family Concerts and student performances of The Elixir of Love. He recently led Un giorno di regno for the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program and has conducted for Amarillo Opera (Tosca), Manhattan Opera Studio (Radamisto, Le nozze di Figaro), American Opera Projects (Nora, in the Great Outdoors), Martha Cardona Opera (Tosca, Gianni Schicchi, Cavalleria rusticana), Sugar Land Opera (The Impresario, The Station), New York Lyric Opera (Cendrillon, Le nozze di Figaro, Pagliacci, Rigoletto, Hansel & Gretel), Opera in the Ozarks (Don Giovanni, L’elisir d’amore), and Halifax Summer Opera (Giulio Cesare). For Asheville Lyric Opera, he conducted performances of Roméo et Juliette, of which the Asheville Citizen-Times wrote that “it is easy to see why the conductor Keith Chambers is in demand.”
Most recently, he conducted Werther for Martha Cardona Opera at Merkin Hall, and he made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting Die Zauberflöte and has appeared with Crested Butte Music Festival (Rigoletto), Toledo Opera (Cavalleria rusticana, Rigoletto, Falstaff, Ariadne auf Naxos), Opera Saratoga (Gala performance of Tosca), Seattle Opera YAP (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Connecticut Opera.
Future seasons include conducting the grand opening performance for New Amsterdam Opera with Fidelio in June, and a return as conductor to the Manhattan Opera Studio in August to for Hansel & Gretel. He conducts La bohème for Shreveport Opera and Madama Butterfly for First Coast Opera.
Mr. Chambers has served as Chorus Master for over 30 productions, including Opera New Jersey (La traviata, Carmen, Die Fledermaus, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, La Cenerentola, The Merry Widow, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Mikado, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Il trovatore, H.M.S. Pinafore, Don Pasquale, Don Giovanni, Faust), Opera Saratoga (L’elisir d’amore, Die Zauberflöte), Moores Opera Center (Casanova’s Homecoming, L’Italiana in Algeri, La bohème, Der Freischütz, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Katya Kabanova), Opera in the Ozarks (L’elisir d’amore, Die Fledermaus, Die Zauberflöte), and Shreveport Opera (Madama Butterfly, Carousel, Carmen).
He maintains a strong musical presence as a conductor and coach in New York City, including extensive experience with new music and living composers. For American Lyric Theater, he conducted the workshop premiere of The Turing Project and The Poe Project, the latter in conjunction with Opera America's New Works Forum. He has also served as Music Director & Pianist for premieres of new operas at Symphony Space in New York City as part of American Lyric Theater's Adam and Eve project. For American Opera Projects, he conducted Nora, In The Great Outdoors at Lincoln Center and debuted with the PROTOTYPE Festival for Gregory Spears’ Paul’s Case.
He has served as faculty of the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program and the RESONANZ Festival and is the previous Artistic Director of The Living Opera, Principal Conductor and Casting Consultant for New York Lyric Opera, and Chorus Master/Music Director of Shreveport Opera.
An accomplished pianist, Mr. Chambers has appeared as concerto soloist with the Delaware Symphony, Clear Lake Symphony, Frost Symphony Orchestra, University of Houston Chamber Orchestra and Naples Philharmonic, with conductors including Erich Kunzel and Maurice Peress. A protégé of pianist Ivan Davis, he has been a featured guest artist at the Chopin Festival at the Catholic University in Peru, and the Chopin Foundation of Miami. He has appeared with soprano Kirsten Chambers in a series of joint solo piano and voice recitals at Lake George Opera and Northwestern State University. Mr. Chambers has been official pianist for The Dallas Opera Competition, Opera Index, Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Competition, Amarillo Opera Gala, and the Fort Worth Opera McCammon Competition.