Dr. Ulrich (Rick) Hartung (Ph.D., 1994, Vocal Performance), has established his own artists management company called Hartung Artists Management which is one of the pioneering agencies to use the Web to present the talent. His web-site reflects his interests, and he is also deeply involved with theZurich International Opera Center. His dissertation was on Schubert's Winterreise , and you can find a brief discussion of his research at his site as well.
He has recently begun to conduct opera to resounding acclaim from the critics. He has formed a company which presents operas in concert form with full orchestra and are semi-staged. This approach holds the costs down while providing opera for many locations which might not otherwise be able to afford the costs of a full production. His company is The Metro Concert Opera Orchestra