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Craig Kier conducting by John Lewis


April, 2017
Orpheus in the Underworld, University of Maryland

"Under the precise baton of Craig Kier and led by the always phenomenal Nick Olcott, the rest of the production is comprised of graduate design students and they were on full display is gorgeous fashion. "

-Keith Tittermary, Broadway World



January, 2017
- Madama Butterfly, Arizona Opera -

"The Arizona Opera Orchestra under the baton of conductor Craig Kier sounded terrific from the opening orchestral prelude to the crushing suicide scene in the finale."

-Cathalena E. Burch,



June, 2016
-The Rape of Lucretia, Glimmerglass Festival -

"The orchestra played smoothly for Craig Kier, who conducted a nuanced account of Britten’s prismatic score."

-Tim Smith, Opera News

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January, 2016
-La traviata, Opera Birmingham -

"The very proactive conductor Craig Kier kept a watchful eye on the action from the pit, drawing a tight, evenly balanced response from Alabama Symphony musicians while allowing the emotional content onstage to soar. "

-Michael Huebner,

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March, 2015
-L’Italiana in Algeri, Opera Santa Barbara -

"Craig Kier, another brilliant first-timer at OSB, transfixed the ear with his Tesla-like kinetic energy and comprehensive understanding of Rossini's penchant for manic action and mellifluous melody...Outstanding professional leadership distinguished this production, beginning with conductor Kier's extraoridinary leadership which gave the orchestra leeway to execute with tremendous finesse and color..."

-Daniel Kepl, Casa Magazine

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January, 2015
-Hamlet, Opera Birmingham-

"Behind a scrim onstage, Craig Kier expertly led the Alabama Symphony, also in fine form, tautly communicating with the singers via monitors."

-Michael Huebner,

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December, 2014

- The Nutcracker, Houston Ballet -


"The orchestra, led by Craig Kier, is an experience unto itself. The musicians play with poignancy and technical mastery. The string section during The Arabian Dance was especially pleasing to the ear. Kier conducts with a keen ear for dynamics and this production is boosted ever higher by this orchestra."

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November, 2014

- Cosi fan tutte, Maryland Opera Studio -


"Such skillful singing throughout the show, backed up by the delightful chamber orchestra under the baton of conductor Craig Kier was charming."

-Tiffany Draut,

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August, 2014

- The Sound of Music, Central City Opera -


"In the pit, Craig Kier drew sumptuous playing from his orchestra while remaining in sympathetic step with the singers — particularly the junior members of the cast."

-Marc Schulgold, Opera News

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"Conductor Craig Kier inspired his pit orchestra and stage performers toward tight and colorful performances."

-David Sckolnik, The Gazette

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"Craig Kier conducts a superb orchestra in the pit and maintains contact with the singers at all times. The presence of the full orchestra, even more than the singers, is the greatest benefit to an operatic production."

-Kelly Dean Hansen, The Daily Camera

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March, 2014

- La Boheme, Lyric Opera of Kansas City -


"The Lyric Opera of Kansas City offered up Puccini’s La Boheme in a stylish production that featured brilliant singing, impeccable orchestral support, smart choreography, and lavish visual effects. In charge of some these pertinent components were newcomers to the Lyric, like lighting designer Steve Ross and conductor Craig Kier, and each contributed their personal stamp to the show."

-Sarah Tyrrell,

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"...conducted by Craig Kier in his company debut, the result is a sturdy, honest version that does justice to this most beloved of Italian operas..."

-Paul Horsley,

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November, 2013

- Albert Herring, Maryland Opera Studio -


"Conductor Craig Kier held together a bubbly performance in the pit, strong in the winds and horn especially."

-Charles T. Downey, The Washington Post

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Craig Kier conducting

Craig Kier conducting