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About Crystal

Crystal Manich is an international director whose work has been seen across the United States, Argentina, and Australia. She is currently the Artistic Director of Mill City Summer Opera in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the USA. From opera to musicals, plays, and short films, she creates a diverse body of work year after year. She holds a BFA in Drama and a Masters in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Scroll down to read about current projects.


Her most recent project was Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel with Pittsburgh Opera, She is currently a part of the ongoing development of a new adaptation of the Puerto Rican play La Carreta/The Oxcart in collaboration with playwright Caridad Svich.

Crystal recently won the Audience Award at the 2018 Great Lakes International Shorts Festival for her first short film L’Ivresse, which explores opera in film.

Other projects in 2018-2019 include a new production of Gluck's Paris and Helen for Odyssey Opera in Boston. The end of the season finds Crystal directing a new production of Bellini's Norma with Utah Opera in a fresh approach using couture-inspired costumes and innovative projections. In Summer 2019 she celebrates her inaugural season as Artistic Director of Mill City Summer Opera and will direct Mozart's ethically challenging opera Così fan tutte.