Music Director Stephen Lord was named one of the “25 Most Powerful Names in U.S. Opera” by Opera News, alongside James Conlon and James Levine of the Los Angeles and Metropolitan Opera respectively.
Continually praised for conducting both traditional and contemporary operatic works, Lord has also visited or had primary affiliations with many opera companies in the U.S. and overseas. He was music director at Boston Lyric Opera for sixteen seasons. In 2010, he will make his return to Boston, turning his attention to the comprehensive education of young singers as artistic director of New England Conservatory’s opera studies program.
Lord’s 2009/2010 season includes two major debuts, the first with English National Opera to conduct Rigoletto, with which he also recently made his San Francisco Opera debut, the second with Lyric Opera of Chicago to conduct Tosca, which he also conducts for Opera Colorado. The summer of 2010 sees his debut at the Santa Fe Opera conducting Les contes d’Hoffmann. He returns to the English National Opera in September of 2010 for La bohème, directed by Jonathan Miller and in 2012-13 a re-engagement for the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
In 2008/2009, Lord conducted productions of La traviata with Portland Opera, Madama Butterfly for Opera Colorado, Macbeth with Opéra de Montréal, and L’Elisir d’amore with Michigan Opera Theatre. In the summer of 2009, he conducted Salome for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and returned to Wolf Trap Opera to conduct La bohème with the National Symphony Orchestra.
Stephen Lord made his New York City Opera debut in 2004 conducting La rondine and his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting a nationally broadcast concert of National Council winners. Other career highlights as guest conductor include five appearances at Wolf Trap Opera with the National Symphony Orchestra and with other North American companies such as the Canadian Opera (where he returns in 2013 for Lucia di Lammermoor), Opera Colorado, OPera Company of Philadelphia, and Minnesota Opera.
Before making the transition to conductor, Lord had a highly successful career as accompanist and coach of singers including Renata Scotto, Neil Shicoff, Rockwell Blake, Evelyn Lear, and Thomas Stewart.