Biography

Steven Krage obtained an Associate of Fine Arts - Music from College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois in May 2013. He has since become an accomplished bass-baritone and harpsichordist In addition to performing operatic and choral music, he has also written many essays on opera, focusing his study on often-forgotten characters and their origins. In addition, he is the recipient of the COD John Belushi Memorial Choral Music Scholarship (Spring 2012/13)

He has also performed with many of the Chicago Suburbs most prestigious choral groups, including the New Classic Singers, and has performed at the International Beethoven Festival and the Chicago Symphony. He has also arranged and produced several one-man cabaret shows. He currently works at the Addison Public Library.

He is also a budding composer. His first musical composition, Five Portraits of Rapture’s Best and Brightest (for Sprechstimme, flute, clarinet and piano) (2012), premiered in 2012 to resounding success. He has since composed more than twenty pieces.

In addition to his musical ventures, he is an avid Actor, appearing in Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Vinnie), Woody Allen’s Don’t Drink the Water (Axel Magee), Thoroughly Modern Millie (George Gershwin/Ensemble), Annie (Rooster Hannigan/Bert Healy) and Mother Courage and Her Children (Ensemble.) He has also acted as the narrator in Richard Strauss’s melodrama, Enoch Arden, which he performed with pianist Lee Kesselman throughout 2013. He is currently rehearsing a new play written by Chicago playwright Tom Lindsay.

He is also a successful journalist and his writing, while once being described as "snarky" and "vicious", has also been described as "beautiful and lyrical" and "impeccably researched." In addition to writing essays and blogs, he is a playwright; his short play, Misfortune, was performed twice to great acclaim. A lauded interviewer, his interviewing style was described by Author January Jones (Thou Shalt Not Whine: The Eleventh Commandment and Jackie, Ari and Jack: The Tragic Love Triangle) as such: "I have done over 500 TV and radio interviews on the Kennedys and Steven's questions are by far the best ones that I've, ever, ever been asked.”  His books The Mistakes of a Better World (a book of essays published in 2013), “if only…if only…”, The Evolution and Destruction of Stephen King’s Teacher Archetype in Rage and Carrie (an extended essay published in 2015) and The Artist’s Obligation: An Epitaph (a short novelette published in 2016), are all available on amazon.com.

He lives in Addison, IL and is currently working on his next book. You can visit his website, StevenKrage.com, for more details!

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