Steven LaCosse

Steven LaCosse is the A.J. Fletcher Distinguished Professor of Opera and artistic director of A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute. With a repertory that spans "Le nozze di Figaro" to "The Fantasticks," he has directed over 100 productions.

He directed the southeastern premier of Ned Rorem’s "Our Town," as well as the American premiere of Pergolesi’s "Lo frate ‘nnamorato." He believes in giving each student artist that passes through his classroom the tools to become a success in their chosen field. They are allowed to try, succeed or fail in the process. This allows them to grow and learn about the art form of opera.

Career Highlights

  • Wagner’s "Der fleigende holländer" with The Princeton Festival and Piedmont Opera
  • Stravinksy’s "The Rake’s Progress" with The Princeton Festival
  • Britten’s "A Midsummer’s Night Dream" with The Princeton Festival
  • Verdi’s "Un ballo in maschera" with Piedmont Opera
  • Mozart’s "Le nozze di Figaro" with Opera Theatre of the Rockies

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • University of North Carolina Board of Governor’s Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011


  • College Music Society
  • Opera America


D.M. VoiceIndiana University - Bloomington

M.S. Opera Stage DirectionIndiana University - Bloomington

M.M. VoiceUniversity of North Texas

B.M. VoiceIndiana University - South Bend