Biography

2016

Concert staging of Haydn's

L'Isola disabitata

American Classical Orchestra

Alice Tully Hall, February 23

2014

Concert staging of Handel's Alceste

American Classical Orchestra

Alice Tully Hall, March 19

NEW PRODUCTIONS:

Florida Grand Opera - Il Trovatore

OperaDelaware - Tosca

Baltimore Opera - Carmen

Anchorage Opera - Carmen, Eugene Onegin, Macbeth

Harrisburg Opera - La Traviata, Faust, Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte,

The Abduction from the Seraglio, Pagliacci

CONCERT STAGINGS:

American Classical Orchestra:

Handel's Alceste

Grétry's Zémire et Azor

Grétry's Richard Coeur-de-Lion

Carmel Bach Festival:

Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, with baritone Sanford Sylvan

MAJOR REVIVALS NYCO:

Tosca

Die Tote Stadt

Ravel double bill

Mefistofele

Rigoletto

The Merry Widow

Ms. Edwards has traveled with New York CIty Opera to Saratoga, Costa Mesa, Wolf Trap and Artpark, also serving as Assistant Director and liaison for the "Live from Lincoln Center" telecast of Jonathan Eaton's Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci. More recently, she assisted Christopher Alden on the company’s celebrated productions of Cosi fan tutte and Don Giovanni, as well as Rebecca Taichman on Telemann’s Orpheus and Michael Counts on Rossini's Moses in Egypt.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

“Cynthia directed Carmen many times at City Opera, always making it exciting and making the individual artists shine. She is a lovely colleague, a real opera professional and a wonderful person.”

Gary Wedow

Conductor, New York City Opera

"We have an excellent stage director in Cynthia Edwards, who's a real professional. She knows what she's doing and is a pleasure to work with."

Thomas Crawford

Artistic Director, American Classical Orchestra

"I had the pleasure of working with Cynthia Edwards for over 15 years at New York City Opera and also worked with her on one show for American Classical Orchestra. I always looked forward to being a member of her design team. As a Director, Cynthia was clear and concise with what she wanted and at the same time, was willing to be open to the ideas of her designers' and to respect their areas of expertise. She was always the perfect combination of leader and collaborator.

The productions I worked on with Cynthia (most frequently, the opera Carmen) were almost always incredibly large in scale. She is equally as capable of crafting the most intimate scenes between 2 people as she is maneuvering a chorus of 50+ around a stage to great dramatic effect.

I highly recommend Cynthia to anyone seeking a Director and would welcome the chance to work with her again."

Fight Director, New York City Opera

“It is unusual to find a creative director who is also easy to get along with and generous with new ideas! A pleasure to work with Cynthia."

Jocelyn Paine

Kinesthesia Coach, Anchorage Opera