Background

MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Roger Pines is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in the field of opera, encompassing writing, lecturing, broadcasting, adjudicating, and repertoire research/consultation. 

Pines is dramaturg at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he joined the staff in 1995. In addition to his editing responsibilities for the company’s house program – for which he also writes a large number of feature articles each season – he has been co-host and co-producer of the company’s live broadcasts (2010-18); a presenter of lectures and moderator of artist panels, both in the opera house and throughout the greater Chicago area; and special lecturer and consultant for the Ryan Opera Center, the company’s renowned young-artist program. He previously served as director of education at San Diego Opera; dramaturg, publications editor, and education coordinator at the Dallas Opera; and surtitles coordinator at Glimmerglass Opera. 

Pines's hour-long radio documentary; "The Stradivarius of Singers: A Tribute to Leontyne Price," has been heard on more than 50 radio stations nationwide. A panelist on the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts’ “Opera Quiz” annually since the 2005-06 season, Pines has been a judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions since 1991. He has judged for several other prestigious competitions nationwide, among them Young Texas Artists, the scholarship competition of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the concerto competition of Northwestern University, and the finals of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and Classical Singer national competitions. 

A contributor of numerous articles and reviews for important American and European publications, Pines has written pieces that have appeared in Great Britain’s most distinguished newspaper -- The Times (London) – as well as in Opera News, Opera, International Record Review, The Opera Quarterly, BBC Music, and programs of every leading American opera company, from Lyric, the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera to Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, The Santa Fe Opera, and Cincinnati Opera. Among his recent publications are articles for the programs of The Juilliard School and Ireland’s Wexford Festival. Pines has also written program notes for CDs on seven major labels, including releases by Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Joyce DiDonato, Anna Netrebko, and Jonas Kaufmann.

Pines has lectured for such prestigious organizations as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Cleveland Orchestra. His lifelong interest in historically important singing has led to lecture residencies at the University of Texas at Austin and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. In 2018 Pines undertook a five-week seminar at Chicago’s Newberry Library, one of the most renowned independent research libraries in the world.