Renowned American operatic soprano and voice teacher Patricia Craig taught at New England Conservatory from 1990 through her retirement at the end of the Spring 2010 semester. Craig gained her first critical vocal acclaim as a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Some of her students have gained recognition in this competition; others are singing with major opera companies in the United States and abroad.
Craig's performing career spans more than three decades of major roles in the leading opera houses of the world. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1978 as Marenka in The Bartered Bride under James Levine. Met audiences heard her for the next 12 seasons in a variety of leading roles in operas, including Madame Butterfly, Dialogues of the Carmelites, La Bohème, and Mahagonny. Craig is a specialist in Puccini and Verdi heroines whose other operatic credits include performances with New York City Opera; Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Italy; the Festival of Two Worlds in both Spoleto, Italy, and Charleston, South Carolina; L’Opéra de Marseilles; and the companies of Cincinnati, Miami, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. Concert performances include Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa.
In addition to her private voice studio and masterclasses around the country and abroad, she continues her summer teaching at AIMS in Graz, Austria, and the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute (BASOTI), where she collaborated for many years with her late husband, the world-famous Wagnerian tenor and voice teacher Richard Cassilly. Craig serves as Founding Chair of the Board of Overseers for Opera Boston, and has served as an advisor to Boston Lyric Opera and the Bel Canto Institute. She also is in demand as a competition adjudicator for organizations including the Metropolitan Opera, the Baltimore Opera, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
B.S. in music education, Ithaca College. Continuing Studies, Manhattan School of Music. Voice with Donald Craig, Marenka Gurevitch. Opera coachings with Magda Olivero, Adami Coradetti, Diane Richardson, Joan Dorneman, Ignace Strasfogel, Martin Katz, Warren Jones.