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Craig A. Priebe, baritone, is Associate Professor of Music Performance (Voice) at Ball State University. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Cloud State University, Minnesota; an Opera Diploma from Die Hochschle für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany; and a Master of Music and D.M.A. degrees in Voice and Opera Directing from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.
Dr. Priebe spent ten years in Germany where he performed leading roles in the opera houses of Hannover, Hildesheim, Karlsruhe, Kaiserslautern, and Bremerhaven. Since returning to the United States, he has appeared with the opera companies of Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Louisville, Opera Illinois in Peoria, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, and Tacoma Opera. He created the role of Johnny in Songplay, a new Kurt Weill revue, for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the St. Louis Repertory Theater, and made his New York City debut as the Ferryman in Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River. In 1999, he appeared with the Cincinnati Symphony with James Conlon in a concert version of Kurt Weill’s Die Propheten, and the following year sang with the Pittsburgh Opera Theatre production of Weill’s Die Bürgschaft under the direction of Julius Rudel. He was artist-in-residence for Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where he taught voice and directed the Opera-Theatre program, and was formerly on the voice faculty at Northern Kentucky University. Dr. Priebe joined the Ball State University faculty in the autumn of 1998.