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Garnett Bruce

Stage Director

University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music

PSN History

PSN 2024


Garnett Bruce's body of work includes directing at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and his European opera debut staging Turandot for the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. From 2008 to 2011 he was the artistic adviser and principal stage director for Opera Omaha, where he led a cycle of the Mozart-Da Ponte operas. He began directing for the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in 2004, receiving a faculty appointment in 2006. He served on staff at the Aspen Music Festival and School from 1993 to 2019, and on faculty from 1997 to 2019.


Born in Washington, D.C., Bruce was a choirboy at Washington National Cathedral and holds degrees in English and drama from Tufts University. After internships with Hal Prince and Leonard Bernstein in the early '90s, he joined the staffs of The Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, The Dallas Opera, and Opera Colorado. His award-winning production of La Cenerentola for Kansas City has traveled to Austin, Orlando, and Madison. Known especially for his large-scale work of the standard repertoire, he has created stagings of Turandot, Carmen, Tosca, Aida, Pagliacci, and La bohème that have been seen coast to coast. In 2019, he became Artistic Advisor to Opera San Antonio, and in 2022 he joined the faculty of University of Texas at Austin's Butler School of Music as Lecturer in Opera Studies and Stage Director

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