Lyric Opera of Chicago
Roger Pines is dramaturg at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he joined the staff in 1995. Previously he was director of education at San Diego Opera. He has also held positions at The Dallas Opera and Glimmerglass Opera. At Lyric he functions as program editor and associate magazine editor, while also moderating artist roundtables, undertaking lectures throughout Chicago, and serving as special lecturer and consultant for Lyric’s young-artist program. This season is his fourth as commentator for the Lyric Opera live opening-night broadcasts.
A frequent judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions since 1991, Mr. Pines has also judged for several other important competitions nationwide, including the Classical Singer Competition, the Scholarship Auditions of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Loren L. Zachary Awards, Young Texas Artists, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He has also led master classes for Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory (Ohio), DePaul University, and the Opera Training Institute of Chicago.
Mr. Pines’s writing includes numerous articles and reviews for leading American and European publications, as well as programs of major opera companies. Most recently he has prepared material to accompany recital discs by soprano Nino Machaidze (Sony Classics), mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato (Virgin Classics), and tenor Rolando Villazon (Deutsche Grammophon).
As a lecturer, Mr. Pines has been associated with major arts organizations in Chicago, Cleveland, and San Diego, as well as numerous opera-related conferences and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.