Stephen Lord has been chosen by Opera News as one of the “25 Most Powerful Names in U.S. Opera” (one of four conductors), and is continually praised for conducting both traditional and contemporary operatic works. For his debut with San Francisco Opera, conducting Rigoletto, one critic observed, “He partnered his singers perfectly and gave everything its proper weight – he was master of the score’s details and the orchestra played superbly for him.” He is currently music director for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and formerly was music director of Boston Lyric Opera. He now serves as artistic director of opera studies at the New England Conservatory, overseeing all aspects of the opera training program and conducting one main stage production a year.

Posted: Jul-4-2014
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Maestro Lord will become Music Director Emeritus in 2017.

Posted: Nov-10-2015
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"It is thanks to Lord’s nose for new talent and ability to nurture that OTSL has been the venue for debuts or major early appearances of such singers as Patricia Racette, Christine Goerke, Anthony Dean Griffey, Lawrence Brownlee, Ailyn Pérez and Jamie Barton, to name a few. His casting policies have had a direct effect on the company’s idealistic approach to repertoire, and by the end of this season, which features the premiere of Jack Perla’s Salman Rushdie-inspired Shalimar the Clown, OTSL will have staged 25 premieres and 24 first American performances. Little wonder, then, that a decade ago Opera News was already putting Lord (one of only four conductors) on its list of the ‘25 Most Powerful Names in US Opera’."

— Opera Magazine
Posted: Jun-1-2016
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