Director Crystal Manich, has been hailed by the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other major publications for “lively” and “imaginative staging.” She is the current Artistic Director of Mill City Summer Opera in Minneapolis, Minnesota, having previously served as Founding Co-Artistic Director for Opera Omnia in New York. She has directed almost 60 full productions for Buenos Aires Lírica in Argentina, Pinchgut Opera in Sydney, Australia, in addition to various companies in the USA including Pittsburgh Opera, The Kennedy Center, Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Utah Opera, Tulsa Opera, American Opera Projects, Utah Opera, Opera Omaha, Arizona Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Columbus, North Carolina Opera, Opera Delaware, Opera Roanoke, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Carnegie Mellon University, New England Conservatory, Boston University and Simpson College. She served as assistant artistic director on Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam in Brazil in 2009-2010. Upcoming projects include a new interpretation of Norma at Utah Opera and the world premiere of an adaptation of the young adult novel “Return to Sender” for Nashville Children’s Theater. Crystal is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama and Heinz College of Public Policy and Management.