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. Scroll down to read about current projects.
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, in addition to other literary development projects.
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.
Spring 2019 finds Crystal directing a new production of Bellini's Norma with Utah Opera in a fresh approach using couture-inspired costumes and innovative projections. She will also make her European debut in Belgrade, Serbia, with a remount of her recent production of Svadba/Wedding at Carnegie Mellon University. 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 in the courtyard ruins of the Mill City Museum, and Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona at the Icehouse bar and music venue in Minneapolis.