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  • Lecturer in Opera Studies
  • Conductor and Coach, Butler Opera Center
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  • Conducting
  • Coaching
  • Opera Studies

“Frost enrobed Mozart’s score in modern orchestral dress, resorting to none of the fuss that accompanies perioder-than-thou versions.” - Boston Musical Intelligencer, 2018

Douglas Kinney Frost has led orchestras and opera companies on four continents, consistently thrilling audiences and inspiring the musicians with whom he works. “Under the baton of music director Douglas Kinney Frost the orchestra consistently presents concerts that are interesting, stimulating and thought-provoking,” says the Deseret News.

Hailed as “fearless” and praised for his consistent “vigorous display of artistic strength” by the national press during his eight-year tenure as Artistic and Music Director of Syracuse Opera he has demonstrated an ability to engage audiences and artists with creative programming and stirring performances. Maestro Kinney Frost has a national reputation for dynamic education and audience development initiatives, and his advocacy for emerging vocalists and conductors remains a significant national calling card. His podcast AMPED UP OPERA features many of opera’s finest talent, and reaches thousands of listeners.

The LA Times commented, “the orchestra and chorus conducted by Douglas Kinney Frost were excellent, and at times it was fun watching Frost with his colorful style of conducting,” on his sold-out performances of Figaro 90210 at LA Opera. He also recently served as Music Director and conductor for a co-production of David Lang’s the difficulty of crossing a field for Beth Morrison Projects which received a concert performance in New York and was released on Cantaloupe Records. The concert and recording have received kudos for Maestro Kinney Frost’s music direction from the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer and Musica l America, and a Critic’s Choice acknowledgement in Opera News.

Labelled a Britten specialist by Maestro James Conlon, Frost was invited to serve as associate conductor for his work on Benjamin Britten Operas numerous times including: The Turn of the Screw, Albert Herring, and Billy Budd with Los Angeles Opera and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Curlew River with the Fondazione Teatro dell’Opera in Rome and The Burning Fiery Furnace with the Ravinia Festival.

Other recent highlights as conductor include performances of Porgy and Bess at the prestigious Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, La bohème at Florida Grand Opera, Madama Butterfly for Utah Opera, L’elisir d’amore for Opera Saratoga, the Boston première of Little Women, The Turn of the Screw and The Magic Flute at The New England Conservatory, The Prodigal Son with University of Southern California, Gluck’s Armide and Argento’s Postcard from Morocco at the University of Michigan. He also conducted the premiere of Libby Larsen’s Dreaming Blue at the Kennedy Center’s Imagination Celebration.

In concert, the breadth of his repertoire has been highlighted in performances with many of the world’s great ensembles. Some of the international orchestras have included the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Orchestra Sinfonia Siciliana. the National Symphony of Mexico and the Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and orchestras in Brazil and Uruguay, Russian Federal Orchestra in Moscow, St. Petersburg Festival Orchestra, Kharkov Philharmonia in Ukraine, and the National Orchestra of Korea in Seoul; and in the U.S. with the Colorado Bach Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Rochester Philharmonic, Westminster College, New England Conservatory, Utah, Baltimore, Memphis, Virginia, and Richmond Symphonies, among others.

As a conducting pedagogue, he frequently explores both the opera and orchestral repertoire with emerging conductors. Recent classes and workshops include the New York State Carmina Burana Sing-a-long, New England Conservatory, University of Michigan, Ithaca College, and the Conductor’s Retreat at Medomak. He remains committed to fostering emerging talent having shaped vocal and collaborative pianist young artist programs at Florida Grand Opera, Utah Opera, Syracuse Opera, and Opera on the James.

His rise to the podium came through the tradition of the world’s great opera houses, quickly advancing from rehearsal pianist, to assistant conductor, to chorus master. As a coach and accompanist he is frequently sought by acclaimed vocal and instrumentalists for musical preparation and recital work. A recent presentation included CBC’s Julie Nesrallah in concert at the international Turner to Cezanne exhibit at the Everson Museum, pairing two centuries of French art song with the paintings that inspired them.

As an advocate for arts education Mr. Kinney Frost has created numerous education and outreach programs for orchestras and opera companies. One of his opera education programs, OPERAMANIA, was broadcast for two seasons on PBS. He is frequently asked to lecture about music and the training of young vocalists and conductors. He has been a panelist at conferences for the National Endowment for the Arts, American Symphony Orchestra League, Conductor’s Guild, Utah Arts Council, Opera America and Virginia Commission for the Arts.

More information on Mr. Kinney’s work can be seen on his website-