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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“Stephen Lord conducted a briskly paced but never rushed performance. Musicians who play in opera pits say the score of ‘Tosca,’ ubiquitous as it is, is tricky to play, and whether PORTopera’s temporarily assembled ensemble could master it was an item on the list of worries – needlessly, it turned out. Lord drew from his players, as well as the chorus and children’s choir, a supple reading that fully mirrored and supported the drama onstage.”

— Portland Press Herald
Posted: Aug-2-2015
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Posted: May-12-2014