Victoria Bond’s commissions include: American Ballet Theater, Pennsylvania Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Houston and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, Cleveland and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestras and American Opera Projects. Her compositions have been performed by the Dallas Symphony, New York City Opera, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Anchorage Opera, Irish National Orchestra (RTE), members of the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. She was profiled in the Wall Street Journal, NBC’s Today Show, People magazine and the New York Times. She has composed seven operas and numerous orchestral and chamber works. Active as a conductor, she was the first woman to graduate with a doctorate in conducting from the Juilliard School and the first to serve as Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductor with a major orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony. She is principal guest conductor of Chamber Opera Chicago and lectures for the Metropolitan Opera.
Stephen Greco is an author, cultural journalist and screenwriter whose recently published fourth novel, Now and Yesterday was featured in Vanity Fair. Currently the Director of Content for Classical TV, which streams full-length performing arts videos online and across platforms, Greco has served as Editor-at-Large of Trace, the international magazine focusing on ”transcultural styles and ideas”; co-founder and Editorial Director of the global urban youth culture portal Platform.net; Senior Editor of Interview magazine, Stagebill, and the New York weekly, 7 Days; and a contributor to Opera News, Playbill, New York Magazine, the New York Times, and many other publications. Among Greco’s screenwriting credits are W: Hot Culture, a series of short videos, and Inside Risk, an interactive thriller app, both for Giants Are Small.
As co-founder of the production company Giants Are Small, visual artist, designer, and director Doug Fitch directed several projects conducted by Alan Gilbert for the New York Philharmonic, including Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (cited as the top opera of 2010 by The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Time Out New York), Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (2011, New York Magazine’s “Best Classical Event of the Year”), A Dancer’s Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky (2013, later screened in movie theaters worldwide); and HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pig Tale (2014, with forces from The Juilliard School as part of the New York Philharmonic’s Bienial). Mr. Fitch was the inaugural WBFO visiting artist at SUNY, where he created a devised opera of images, How Did We...? In 2013 he directed and performed in the premiere of Matthew Suttor’s musical setting of Blaise Cendrar’s poem La Prose du Transsibérien et de la Petite Jehanne de France with the Taos Chamber Music Group. He has created productions for Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Santa Fe Opera, and directed projects for Canada’s National Arts Centre, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and Tanglewood (Elliot Carter’s What Next?,screened at The Museum of Modern Art).