Meet Our Director

Constatine Grame

Constantine Grame studied music with his father, Theodore Grame, and holds an Advanced Certificate in Piano from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in London. He is the Founder, Executive, and Artistic Director of the New Century Opera, and is the Music Director of Gilbert & Sullivan Players (Clearwater).

In recent years he has served as stage and musical director for Les contes d'Hoffmann, Der fliegende Holländer, Tristan und Isolde, La clemenza di Tito, Carmen, Mefistofele, Die Entführung aus dem Serial, La serva padrona, Orfeo ed Euridice, all four operas of Wagner's Ring Cycle, Hänsel und Gretel, and Babes in Toyland. His edition of the original Herbert/MacDonough text of Babes in Toyland has been recognized as the most authorative version avaliable today, and Mr. Grame is currently preparing the first printed orchestral score and parts from the original manuscripts.

As music director he has directed The Sound of Music, The Music Man, Carousel, My Fair Lady, Little Shop of Horrors, and many other works. As piano accompanist he has accompained such distinguished artists as Sherrill Milnes, Maria Zouves, Stella Zambalis, Carole Cook, and Enrico di Giuseppe. He has appeared as tenor soloist in such works as Il barbiere di siviglia and The Mikado.

He is an accompanist/voice coach and serves on the faculty of the Marcia P. Hoffman Institute for the Performing Arts (Ruth Eckerd Hall). He serves as organist at First Church of Christ Scientist, St. Petersburg. Mr. Grame's own opera, The Spoiler, premiered in Tarpon Springs in 2004 and was revived there in 2008, 2012, and 2016.

In 2014 - in recognition of his lifelong of dedication to the works for Richard Wagner - he attended the Bayreuth Wagner Festival as part of the Stipendiaten Programme, becoming one of very few Americans accorded this honour.