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July 2017
-Falstaff, Opera Saratoga-

"Craig Kier led a brisk account of the score that bubbled with energy. He and the orchestra were behind the set, so he could do little to correct the balance problems that cropped up intermittently."

-Rick Perdian, Seen and Heard International

"Yet aside from all the comic lines and physical jokes, an opera's humor and high spirits have to live in the music. On this count, conductor Craig Kier's work was quick and assured."

-Joesph Dalton, The Times Union

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-

"Maestro Craig Kier is new to Phoenix, but his leadership of the Arizona Opera Orchestra resulted in an intense and forward-thrusting performance of the well-loved score."

-Maria Nockin, Opera Today

"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, Wolf Trap Opera-

"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