Renowned American operatic soprano and voice teacher Patricia Craig joined the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2010, following her retirement, after twenty years, from the voice faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music.
Her performing career spans more than three decades of singing 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 the baton of 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, Mahagonny, and Pagliacci.
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; Teatro a Torino, Torino, Italy; the Festival of Two Worlds in both Spoleto, Italy, and Charleston, South Carolina; L’Opéra de Marseilles; Frankfurt Opera, Frankfurt, Germany; Calgary Opera, Calgary, Canada: and the companies of Cincinnati, Miami, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. Concert performances include Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Seiji Ozawa and performances in Brazil, Hong Kong, Singapore, Manila, Malaysia, Korea and Thailand.
In addition to her private voice studio and masterclasses around the country and abroad, she continues as both a Master teacher and Board Member of AIMS (American Institute of Musical Studies) in Graz, Austria, and BASOTI the ( Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute) , where she collaborated for many years with her late husband, the world-famous Wagnerian tenor and voice teacher Richard Cassilly.
Craig served as Founding Chairman of the Board of Overseer's for Opera Boston, and advisor to Boston Lyric Opera, and the Boston Bel Canto Institute. She also is in demand as a competition adjudicator for organizations including the Metropolitan Opera, the Baltimore Opera, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego, CA and the JTVA Competition in San Francisco, CA..
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 has studied and collaborated with prominent artists including Donald Craig, Marenka Gurevitch, Magda Olivero, Iris Adami Coradetti, James de Blasis, Julius Rudel, Anton Coppola, Henry Lewis, Jeffrey Tate, Diane Richardson, Joan Dorneman, Jeffrey Brody, Martin Katz, and Warren Jones.