Curtis Tucker, The Conductor
Curtis Tucker is a frequent conductor of American opera and musical theater. He has led productions for Cincinnati Opera, Opera Saratoga, Wichita Grand Opera, Syracuse Opera, Mobile Opera, Sorg Opera, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of San Jose, and Opera Memphis, where he conducted the world premiere of A Midsummer Night’s Dream — opera a cappella.
During his nine-year tenure as General Director of Opera Saratoga in upstate New York, he produced a series of works by living American composers, including the professional premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town (2006). A composer himself, the Kansas City native has written two operas, The Stranger’s Tale and The Trial of B.B. Wolf, and his compositions have been performed throughout the United States, receiving grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts and state arts councils in Massachusetts, California, and Ohio.
Mr. Tucker earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree, magna cum laude with Honors in Music, from Central Methodist College, the Master of Music in Conducting degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University School of Law. He earned certificates in Voice from the Chautauqua School of Music and Arts Administration from the Professional Arts Management Institute in New York City.