After 13 years serving as artistic director for the Rimrock Opera Company, Douglas Nagel is stepping down from his post after the April production "Aida."
A Billings native, 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.
After Nagel became artistic director, he guided the new company through many successful productions and school tours throughout the region.
During his stint with Rimrock Opera, Nagel has directed and produced 23 main-stage 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.
Nagel will continue to live in Billings and concentrate on his position as assistant professor of music at Montana State University Billings.
"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," Nagel said.