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.” Major posts have included music director for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, principal conductor of the Michigan Opera Theatre, and music director of Boston Lyric Opera.

A highly sought-after guest conductor, Mr. Lord’s appearances have included Canadian Opera Company (Rigoletto, Norma, Un ballo in maschera, and Lucia di Lammermoor), San Francisco Opera (Rigoletto, Adler Fellows Gala Concert), Metropolitan Opera (National Council Grand Finals Concert), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Tosca, Don Pasquale, L’elisir d’amore), Santa Fe Opera (Rossini’s La donna del lago, Les contes d’Hoffmann), English National Opera (Rigoletto, Norma, Tosca, La bohème), New York City Opera and Dallas Opera (La rondine), Seoul Arts Center (Rigoletto, La traviata), and Juilliard (Don Pasquale). He has also conducted with Opéra de Montréal, Opera Colorado, Opera Maine, Opera Philadelphia, Portland Opera, Wolf Trap Opera; and with major orchestras including St. Louis Symphony, Boston Pops, and Hawaii Symphony.

At Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Mr. Lord conducted Roméo et Juliette, a double bill of Cavalleria rusticana and Suor Angelica, Tosca, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, La traviata, Kát’a Kabanová, Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Rape of Lucretia, Candide, The Beggar's Opera, Curlew River, The Prodigal Son, The Gondoliers, King Arthur, La fille du régiment, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Madama Butterfly. During his tenure with Boston Lyric Opera he led productions of The Little Prince, Eugene Onegin, Rigoletto, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, La rondine, Don Carlo, Don Pasquale, Madama Butterfly, La fille du régiment, Salome, Aida, Die Zauberflöte, La traviata, Roméo et Juliette, Lucia di Lammermoor, Werther, Tosca, L'elisir d'amore, Falstaff, Il barbiere di Siviglia, I puritani and Carmen. At Michigan Opera Theatre he conducted Macbeth, La fanciulla del West, L’elisir d’amore, Madama Butterfly, and many others.


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