DAMIEN ELWOOD is currently Program Manager of the USC Thornton Opera where he oversees budget, operations, PR, and production. He is also the Managing Divo for the Los Angeles chapter of Opera on Tap. Elwood has held various appointments with summer music programs including General Manager of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.
As an opera production manager Elwood has overseen a variety of productions ranging from festival scenes programs to fully staged opera presentations. He has managed original productions of Agrippina, The Rake’s Progress, Three Penny Opera, L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, Cendrillon, Idomeneo, Powder Her Face, Miss Loneylyhearts, I Caputleti e i Montecchi, Summer and Smoke, Albert Herring, La finta giardiniera, Die Zauberflöte, Owen Wingrave and Das Liebesverbot. In the fall of 2012 he will oversee an original production of Lee Hoiby's The Tempest.
Mr. Elwood studied Fine Arts and Vocal Arts at the University of Southern California. As a singer he has enjoyed extensive choral work and has had the pleasure of performing Jose in Carmen, Tom Rakewell in The Rakes Progress, and various comprimario roles. Over his career as a singer and production manager Elwood has worked with such conductors as Roger Wagner, Herbert Bloomstedt, Zubin Mehta, Michael Tilson Thomas, Tim Lindberg, Jorge Mester, Brent McMunn, and Andreas Mitisek. Stage directors he has worked with include Michael Hampa, Dejan Miladinovic, Ken Cazan, James Marvel, Pat Diamond, Julian Webber, Greg Fortner and James Darrah.