1. Faculty

Patricia Craig

On Leave 2019-20, Voice


  • Private Lessons


  • BS, Ithaca College


  • Metropolitan Opera, 1978–1990
  • New York City Opera, 1971–1979


  • National Winner, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 1968

What is your hometown?

Amityville, NY

Who were your major teachers?

Don Craig, Marinka Gurevitch, and Magda Olivero.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“Open your mouth!!!”

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

When I was given my first solo in a concert at the age of 12.

What was a turning point in your career?

Winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

Personal shopper.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Puccini, Verdi, and Floyd.

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?

New York City, 1978.

What are your most important collaborations?

James Levine, James deBlasis, and Magda Olivero.

Who are three students you have had the privilege of teaching?

Nili Riemer Buchert, Graham Fandrei, and Cristina Castaldi.

What recordings can we hear you on?

Patricia Craig Live
SiriusXM broadcasts from the Met

What is your unrealized project?

More language study.