Steven Daigle

Steven Daigle

Professor of Opera

Head of Eastman Opera Program
Dramatic Director, Eastman Opera Theatre
Spring Semester 2014 Academic Leave

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Biography

Steven Daigle, professor of opera and dramatic director of Eastman Opera Theatre, has served as part of the artistic staff for more than 200 lyric theater productions, along with calling over 400 professional operatic performances as a production stage manager.

He received his bachelor’s degree in vocal education and performance from Southeastern Louisiana University. He received his master of music degree in opera stage directing from Florida State University, where he studied with Lincoln Clark.

As a singer, he has performed major roles in productions of A Little Night Music, Hello Dolly, Le nozze de Figaro, La Perichole, Die Fledermaus, Patience, Gianni Schicchi, The Medium, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, and South Pacific, among others.

Daigle’s experience as a stage director encompasses a range of repertory for the lyric theater stage. Directing credits include Il Turco in Italia, Cosi Fan Tutte, Transformations, La Bohème, Passion, Suor Angelica, The Goblin Market, Le nozze di Figaro, Candide, Xerxes, The Turn of the Screw, Albert Herring, Die Fledermaus, Patience, The Tender Land, Porgy and Bess, L’elisir d’Amore, The Merry Widow, The Sorcerer, Robinson Crusoe, The Desert Song, The Grand Duke, Countess Maritza, The Gypsy Princess, Angelique, Gianni Schicchi, Trouble in Tahiti, Christopher Sly, Signor Deluso, Riders to the Sea, Camelot, Annie, and Man of La Mancha for the Ohio Light Opera Company, Eastman, The Lyric of Atlanta, Oberlin Conservatory, Louisiana State University, Florida State Opera, South Georgia Opera, Columbia Theater Players, and Kent State Opera Workshop. Productions include collaborations with Robert Ward, Carlisle Floyd, Louis Lane, Robert Spano, and Evan Whallon.

Articles and reviews of Daigle’s work have been published in Opera News, Opera London, American Record Guide, Gramophone, Fanfare, Classical Singer, and Opera Now.

With the Ohio Light Opera Company, he has served as stage manager (1990-93), assistant director (1994-95), and general manager (1997-98). In 1999 he was appointed artistic director for the company. As artistic director, he has produced and directed revivals of traditional operettas that have been given an American premiere in their original form: Lecocq’s Le Petit Duc, Künneke’s Der Vetter Aus Dingsda, Strauss’ Der Lustige Krieg, Kálmán’s Zigeunerprimas and Ein Herbstmanover. Eight historical recordings under Daigle’s supervision can be heard on Newport Classic and Albany Record labels. These include three of Daigle’s historical reconstructions: Victor Herbert’s Naughty Marietta and Sweethearts; Kálmán’s Ein Herbstmanover (English translation and first complete recording). In September 2003, Ohio Light Opera was given an Award of Achievement by Northern Ohio Live for its role in preserving operetta during the past 25 years.

Daigle served on the faculty at Kent State University and as assistant director (1989-96) and acting director (1994, 1996-97) of the Opera Theater program at the Oberlin Conservatory. In the summer of 1998 he served on the faculty of the Oberlin in Italy program in Urbania, Italy.