Andrew Eggert

Andrew Eggert is an opera stage director and dramaturg. He is Head of Opera at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. Recent projects include La descente d’Orphée aux enfers with Gotham Chamber Opera; the US premiere of Clemency by James MacMillan for Boston Lyric Opera; Bluebeard’s Castle starring Samuel Ramey for Opera Omaha; Alcina and Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Napa Music Festival; and the world premieres of Beowulf by Hannah Lash and Giver of Light by Adam Roberts with Guerilla Opera. He enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Chicago Opera Theater, where he directed Mosè in Egitto and La Tragédie de Carmen and served eight seasons as an assistant director. He is a regular collaborator of stage director Diane Paulus having served as associate director on a number of projects including the world premiere of Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers in Monaco, as well as US performances at the American Repertory Theater, Chicago Opera Theater, and the Dallas Opera; Die Zauberflöte at Canadian Opera Company; Gotham Chamber Opera’s production of Il mondo della luna at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City; and Crossing by Matthew Aucoin in its world premiere at the A.R.T. He has been guest director at Princeton University and the Yale Baroque Opera Project, and has worked with the young artist programs of Glimmerglass Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera. His new production of Mourning Becomes Electra was selected as a winner of Opera America’s Director-Designer Showcase. As a dramaturg, he has worked with Rebecca Taichman on Telemann’s Orpheus and Michael Counts on Mosè in Egitto, both for New York City Opera. Upcoming projects include assistant directing the world premiere of the Ouroboros trilogy in Boston and directing Così fan tutte at Opera Omaha. He earned a BA in English from Yale University and an MA, MPhil, and PhD in Historical Musicology from Columbia University.