Edythe Bates Old Professor of Music
Director, Moores Opera Center
Buck Ross is the director and founder of the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston where he has staged over 50 productions of operas from the standard repertoire as well as new works including The Ghosts of Versailles and The Dangerous Liaisons. This season he directed Cavallerla Rusticana and Pagliacci for El Paso Opera, Regina for Augsta Opera, and will be directing Barber of Seville for Nevada Opera. He has staged productions for the Houston Grand Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Kentucky Opera, the Houston Symphony, San Antonio Opera, Sarasota, Sacramento, and Utah Opera among others. For many years he was Director of Dramatic Studies for the Houston Opera Studio and co-director of the apprentice program of the Des Moines Metro Opera. He was librettist for an opera adaptation of E.M. Forster's A Room With A View with music by Robert Nelson that will be released as a CD on the Albany label this year. He is the author of english singing versions of several operas including Don Pasquale, La Finta Glardiniera, and Orpheus In The Underworld which is being performed by the Des Moines Metro Opera this summer. He holds degrees in music and theatre from Bucknell University and an MFA in stage direction from the University of Minnesota where he was assistant to H. Wesley Balk.