Kip Cranna is Dramaturg Emeritus of San Francisco Opera, where he served on the staff for 40 years. He earned his Ph.D. in musicology at Stanford University. He has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and writes and lectures frequently on opera. He is on the faculty at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI) at Dominican University, San Francisco State University, and U.C. Berkeley. He has managed the commissioning of many new operas by composers such as Philip Glass, John Adams, André Previn, Jake Heggie, and others. For many years he was Program Editor and Lecturer for the Carmel Bach Festival. In 2008 he was awarded the San Francisco Opera Medal, the company’s highest honor, and in 2012 his work was honored with the Bernard Osher Cultural Award for distinguished efforts by an individual to bring excellence to a cultural institution.