Cris Frisco

Cris Frisco (he/him) is a collaborative musician equally at home in the worlds of classical and popular music. He is Director of Music and Director of the Handorf Company Artist Program at Opera Memphis.  This season, he conducts Hansel and Gretel at Opera Birmingham and The Falling and the Rising at Opera Memphis and works on productions of Spears’s The Righteous for Santa Fe Opera and Kaminsky’s Hometown to the World for NYC’s Town Hall.  He is the rehearsal pianist for vocal programs at the Philadelphia Orchestra and partners singers in recital in Los Angeles, New York, and Indiana. Currently in development, he is the music director for Anatomiae Occultii’s contemporary dance production of Sweeney Todd.  A committed educator for the next generation of artists, he is the Head of Music and Principal Coach for the Opera Program at Mannes College of Music and has served on the faculty of Westminster Choir College, Rutgers University, City University of New York, the New School for Drama, the Castleton Festival, the Mostly Modern Festival, Finger Lakes Opera, and Westminster’s CoOPERAtive.

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