Douglas Kinney Frost
Douglas Kinney Frost, Music Director of Opera On the James, is also Director of Music at Syracuse Opera and an Associate Conductor at Los Angeles Opera. He has conducted orchestras and opera productions on four continents. Highlights include performances with Teatro Colon, Russian Federal Orchestra in Moscow, Baltimore Symphony, National Orchestra of South Korea, Orquestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Utah Symphony and Opera, Bellas Artes, Kharkov Philharmonic, Florida Grand Opera, and Virginia Symphony. He has also assisted the world’s most esteemed conductors including James Conlon, Marin Alsop and Richard Bonynge, at major international opera houses and orchestras. A leader in the training of young opera singers and conductors, he has guest conducted and taught at many universities and conservatories, including the Boston premiere of Little Women at New England Conservatory, and he was the first guest conductor of opera in the history of the University of Michigan. In addition to creating a resident artist program for Syracuse Opera, he has been a key participant in shaping opera young artist programs at Florida Grand Opera, Utah Opera, and Virginia Opera. In 2010 he inaugurated an opera conducting training program between Syracuse Opera and Ithaca College, the first program of its kind in the US; he has also maintained a ten-year affiliation with Conductors Retreat at Medomak, an international summer conducting training program. His education shows are performed across the country, and have been seen for years on PBS. He has a reputation for creative audience development initiatives, and has served on national discussion and lecture panels for Opera America, League of American Orchestras, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as state and local arts councils. His work as a nationally acclaimed chorus master can be heard on the recent Naxos recording of John Adam’s Nixon in China.