Andrew Eggert

Andrew Eggert
Andrew Eggert is Director of Opera Studies at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts.
Eggert is an opera stage director and dramaturg based in Chicago and New York City. He has recently directed La descente d’Orphée aux enfers with Gotham Chamber Opera (2014); the Dallas Opera production of Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers (2014; forthcoming DVD); Alcina at the Napa Music Festival (2014); the US premiere of Clemency by James MacMillan for Boston Lyric Opera (2013); and Bluebeard's Castle starring Samuel Ramey for Opera Omaha (2013). He enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Chicago Opera Theater where he directed Mosè in Egitto (2010) and La Tragédie de Carmen (2009), and served eight seasons as an assistant director beginning in 2002. 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 Death and the Powers at the Opéra de Monte Carlo, as well as US performances at the American Repertory Theater and Chicago Opera Theater; Die Zauberflöte at Canadian Opera Company; and Gotham Chamber Opera’s production of Il mondo della luna at the Hayden Planetarium. In 2015, he will serve as Associate Director of Crossing by Matthew Aucoin in its world premiere production at the A.R.T. As an assistant director, he has worked with notable directors including David Schweizer, Kenneth Cazan, Lillian Groag, Tazewell Thompson, Andrei Serban, Francisco Negrin, and James Robinson. 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 2009 Director-Designer Showcase. As a dramaturg, he has worked with Rebecca Taichman on Telemann’s Orpheus and Michael Counts on Mose in Egitto, both for New York City Opera. Dr. Eggert is a graduate of Yale University and earned his PhD in Historical Musicology at Columbia University, where he also has earned an MA and MPhil in Historical Musicology. He was appointed Head of Opera at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University beginning in 2013-14.

Bio courtesy of his website.

Staging the Operas of Francesco Cavalli: Dramaturgy in Performance, 1651-1652
Columbia Degrees: 
PhD, Historical Musicology
Professional Positions: 
Director of Opera Studies
Chicago College of Performing Arts