Cynthia Edwards -  Stage Director



Concert staging of Haydn's
L'Isola disabitata
American Classical Orchestra
Alice Tully Hall, February 23


Concert staging of Handel's Alceste
American Classical Orchestra
Alice Tully Hall, March 19


Florida Grand Opera - Il Trovatore
OperaDelaware - Tosca
Baltimore Opera - Carmen
Anchorage Opera - Carmen, Eugene Onegin, Macbeth
Harrisburg Opera - La Traviata, Faust, Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte,
The Abduction from the Seraglio, Pagliacci


American Classical Orchestra:
Handel's Alceste
Grétry's Zémire et Azor
Grétry's Richard Coeur-de-Lion

Carmel Bach Festival:
Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, with baritone Sanford Sylvan


Die Tote Stadt
Ravel double bill
The Merry Widow

Ms. Edwards has traveled with New York CIty Opera to Saratoga, Costa Mesa, Wolf Trap and Artpark, also serving as Assistant Director and liaison for the "Live from Lincoln Center" telecast of Jonathan Eaton's Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci.  More recently, she assisted Christopher Alden on the company’s celebrated productions of Cosi fan tutte and Don Giovanni, as well as Rebecca Taichman on Telemann’s Orpheus and Michael Counts on Rossini's Moses in Egypt.


“Cynthia directed Carmen many times at City Opera, always making it exciting and making the individual artists shine. She is a lovely colleague, a real opera professional and a wonderful person.”

Conductor, New York City Opera

"We have an excellent stage director in Cynthia Edwards, who's a real professional. She knows what she's doing and is a pleasure to work with."

Thomas Crawford
Artistic Director, American Classical Orchestra

"I had the pleasure of working with Cynthia Edwards for over 15 years at New York City Opera and also worked with her on one show for American Classical Orchestra. I always looked forward to being a member of her design team. As a Director, Cynthia was clear and concise with what she wanted and at the same time, was willing to be open to the ideas of her designers' and to respect their areas of expertise. She was always the perfect combination of leader and collaborator.
Matthew Burns as Zuniga in NYCO Carmen
The productions I worked on with Cynthia (most frequently, the opera Carmen) were almost always incredibly large in scale. She is equally as capable of crafting the most intimate scenes between 2 people as she is maneuvering a chorus of 50+ around a stage to great dramatic effect.

I highly recommend Cynthia to anyone seeking a Director and would welcome the chance to work with her again."
Fight Director, New York City Opera

“It is unusual to find a creative director who is also easy to get along with and generous with new ideas! A pleasure to work with Cynthia."

Jocelyn Paine
Kinesthesia Coach, Anchorage Opera