Rimrock Opera has announced that after 13 years as artistic director, Douglas Nagel will step down at the conclusion of the company’s production of “Aïda” on April 27.
A Billings native, Mr. Nagel began his career as a professional opera singer after graduating from the University of Wyoming and The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He returned to Billings to sing a leading role in Rimrock Opera’s first production, “The Barber of Seville,” in 1999. Thereafter, Nagel took the helm as artistic director, guiding the new company to many successful productions and school tours throughout the region.
For Rimrock Opera, Mr. Nagel has directed and produced 23 mainstage operas, four Summer Festivals, a collection of Met to Broadway shows and numerous school tours. In addition, he produced and sang a leading role in the world premiere of “Nosferatu” in the fall of 2004.
Mr. Nagel will continue to live in Billings and concentrate on his position as assistant professor of Music at MSU Billings. Although Mr. Nagel’s expertise will be missed at Rimrock Opera, a news release said, the board looks forward to working with a new artistic director in upcoming productions.
Mr. Nagel said, “Rimrock Opera is guided by an incredible Board of Directors with a vision of excellent performances in our region. I am confident that RO will remain a vital arts organization in Yellowstone County.”