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About Crystal

Crystal Manich is an international director whose work as been seen across the United States, Argentina, and Australia. From opera to musicals, plays, and short films, she creates a diverse body of work year after year. She holds a BFA and a Masters in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Scroll down to read about current projects.


Her next project is a new production of Giacomo Puccini's iconic work Madama Butterfly at Opera Columbus with a design and approach that does away with cultural appropriation. She is also 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.

Other projects in 2018-2019 include Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel with Pittsburgh Opera, and 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.