Douglas Kinney Frost
Douglas Kinney Frost has led orchestras throughout the U.S. and South America consistently receiving high praise from journalists and his colleagues. “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. Last season, Maestro Kinney Frost conducted Glory Denied in a return to Anchorage Opera, Middlemarch in Spring with Ash Lawn Opera, and La vida breve with The New England Conservatory. This season, Frost will be conducting La traviata with Opera Memphis. He also is becoming well known for his podcast “Amped Up,” exploring the enjoyment of music, which can be found at http://www.douglaskinneyfrost.com/ampedupopera.
In concert, the breadth of his repertoire has been highlighted in performances with the National Symphony of Mexico, 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, Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, and in the U.S. with the Colorado Bach Festival, Rochester Philharmonic, Westminster College, Utah, Virginia, and Richmond Symphonies, among others.
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.
Other recent highlights include a return to Los Angeles Opera for John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, performances of Porgy and Bess at the prestigious Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, La bohème at Florida Grand Opera, L’elisir d’amore for Opera Saratoga, the Boston première of Little Women and Turn of the Screw 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, Don Giovanni at Opera Santa Barbara, María de Buenos Aires at Anchorage Opera, a double-bill of Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi at the Mississippi Opera, a new production of Madama Butterfly and La traviata with Anchorage Opera, and concerts in Moscow, Kharkov, and Salt Lake City. He also had success as the Associate Conductor for Opera Colorado’s production of Nixon in China, which was recently released on the Naxos record label. He also served as Music Director and conductor for a co-production of David Lang’s Difficulty of Crossing a Field for Beth Morrison Projects which saw a concert performance in New York and was recorded and released on Cantaloupe Records.
As Music Director, and later Artistic Director of Syracuse Opera, Douglas Kinney Frost refocused the company’s artistic vision and redefined its commitment to the community. He broadened main-stage programming by conducting the company’s first new production of an American work, Mark Adamo’s Little Women, while maintaining a commitment to producing the standard repertoire with distinction. He inaugurated a Resident Artist Program whose members appear throughout upstate New York in performances of Peter Brook’s La tragédie de Carmen, Kinney Frost’s OPERAMANIA!, and a new adaptation of La bohème titled Barrio Bohème, which is set in 1960’s Spanish Harlem, created by Kinney Frost.
He also led their productions of Rigoletto, Don Pasquale, Roméo et Juliette, La bohème, Susannah, Die Zauberflöte, Hänsel und Gretel, La traviata, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Le nozze di Figaro, La tragedie de Carmen, Porgy and Bess, Die Fledermaus, and Il barbiere di Siviglia. In addition, concert performances of Der fliegende Holländer in collaboration with the Syracuse Symphony with opera stars Greer Grimsley and Lori Phillips.
With Opera on the James, where he served as Music Director, he conducted the company’s productions of Madama Butterfly, Die Fledermaus, Die Zauberflöte, Don Pasquale, and Gianni Schicchi/Suor Angelica. Mr. Kinney Frost was also previously the Head of Music Staff and Chorus Master at Florida Grand Opera in Miami. Opera Now magazine credits him with “transforming the FGO Chorus into a superb, well-blended group.” The Miami Herald “would venture that FGO’s chorus can match even the best the world’s opera houses have to offer.” He has prepared choruses for over 20 FGO productions, in addition to being a house conductor and managing the company’s musical resources. He also served as a faculty member of the FGO’s acclaimed young artist program serving as Conductor.
Before coming to Miami, Mr. Kinney Frost spent six seasons as Associate Conductor and Chorus Master for Utah Opera, providing musical leadership for over 25 productions, while conducting main-stage performances. He also led several cutting edge productions with the company’s young artist program, and created the Company’s nationally recognized educational programming.
In 2006, he completed seven seasons as Music Director of the Opus Chamber Orchestra in Salt Lake City, appearing with leading international instrumental and vocal artists. The Orchestra gave many premières by prominent composers under Maestro Kinney Frost’s direction, including the world première production of Libby Larsen’s Dreaming Blue at the Kennedy Center’s Imagination Celebration. In addition, he led their performances of Fidelio, María de Buenos Aires, and a new production of Alcina.
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 one season 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.
His training includes conducting study with Kenneth Kiesler and Jorge Mester. He trained in workshops with Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, and Carl St. Clair. Maestro Kinney Frost is a four-year participant in the Conductors Retreat at Medomak, and now serves on the Board of Directors of the conducting program as Alumni Chair.