Nathan Troup


Lecturer, Opera


BM, Susquehanna University; MM, Boston University


Nathan Troup has been named Boston Lyric Opera’s Emerging Artist-Stage Director for the 2015-16 season. Additional upcming highlights include La traviata and Le nozze di Figaro for The Boston Conservatory; new-works residency at Brandeis University with experimental opera company Guerilla Opera; touring production of Montsalvatge’s El Gato con Botas in a co-production with The Boston Conservatory and OperaHub; a new production of Elena Langer’s Four Sisters for Boston Opera Collaborative; and continued collaboration with live performance at Museum of Fine Arts – Boston. 

2014-15 season highlights include The Rake’s Progress (Boston Conservatory); La Calisto (Simpson College); Song of the Mud: Music of WW1 (Museum of Fine Arts – Boston). 

2013-14 season highlights include Voyage à Paris and the Boston premiére of Sumeida’s Song (Boston Opera Collaborative); The Rape of Lucretia and La voix humaine (Boston Conservatory); Amahl and the Night Visitors (Boston University); Dido and Aeneas (Viterbo University); No Exit Guerilla Opera). 2012-2013 highlights include Transformations (Boston Conservatory); Riders to the Sea (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston); A Verdi Celebration with Eric Owens, Diamond Dreams Glimmerglass Festival). 

Nathan Troup joined the faculty of The Boston Conservatory in 2011 and currently serves as Associate Director of Opera Studies. His Conservatory directing credits include The Rape of Lucretia, TransformationsL’enfant et les SortilègesL’heure espagnole, La voix humaineFlower and Hawk, and Riders to the Sea at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, as well as the children’s operas Fables…and other fables (which he conceived and curated around Ned Rorem’s mini-operas Fables), and The Bremen Town Musicians. He is artistic director of the Conservatory’s Children’s Opera series, Troubadours (opera outreach programming), and is a faculty advisor for the Conservatory’s music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda. He has spearheaded the department’s partnerships with community cultural organizations including collaborations with Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the French Cultural Center of Boston, and the Boston Children’s Museum. He also serves on the faculty of the Boston University Opera Institute. 

2013-14 season highlights include Voyage à Paris and Sumeida’s Song (Boston Opera Collaborative); The Rape of Lucretia and La voix humaine (Boston Conservatory); A Little Night Music (Associate Director -Emmanuel Music); Amahl and the Night Visitors (Boston University); Dido and Aeneas (Viterbo University); No Exit (Guerilla Opera). 2012-2013 highlights include Transformations (Boston Conservatory); Riders to the Sea (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston); A Verdi Celebration with Eric Owens, A Wagner Celebration with Lise Lindstrom, Diamond Dreams (Glimmerglass Festival). In 2014, he joins the Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Artist Program staff as stage director and assistant stage director for the company’s 42nd Festival Season and will serve as assistant stage director with Boston Lyric Opera in the 2014-15 season.

Troup’s work achieved national attention with his original staging of Curtis K. Hughes’ Say It Ain’t So, Joe (based on the Sarah Palin/Joe Biden 2008 Vice Presidential debates) for Guerilla Opera. His staging of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King received the 2009 Best of Boston recognition from the Boston Phoenix.  He has been a guest artist on the faculties of the New England Conservatory,  Webster University (St. Louis, MO) and Viterbo University (LaCrosse, WI). Troup also serves on the faculty of Boston University’s Opera Institute where his credits include The Traviata ProjectDido and AeneasGianni Schicchi, Fables and Heggie on Heggie with composer Jake Heggie.  He made his Wolf Trap Opera Company debut in summer 2012 directing the Studio Spotlight scenes program. He joined The Glimmerglass Festival as a Young Artist Stage Director in summer of 2013 assisting director/choreographer Jessica Lang (Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater) and director Francesca Zambello (David Lang’s the little match girl passion). As associate stage director at the Castleton Festival, he has directed William Kerley’s productions of Il tabarroGianni Schicchi and A Soldier’s Tale with choreographer Faye Driscoll and conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel and Master Pedro’s Puppet Show in collaboration with New York City’s Puppet Kitchen.  He has worked as an assistant director for productions at Boston University, Opera Boston, the Castleton Festival, Fort Worth Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and Boston Lyric Opera.

An active proponent of new operatic works, he recently served as an artistic consultant for programs by New York City’s American Lyric Theatre and American Opera Projects’ recital series. As a performer Troup has participated in the creation of new staged works in world, American, European and regional premieres in featured performances at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Institute for Contemporary Art. He has served as an artistic administrator for numerous organizations throughout Boston and beyond, including SongFest in Malibu, California where he was also a Stern Fellow, studying and performing art song with Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Craig Smith and composers John Harbison, Jake Heggie, and Ricky Ian Gordon.  Dedicated to fostering arts and artists within the local and global communities, Troup serves as an outreach educator in youth juvenile detention facilities.


Music, Opera, and Voice & Opera