Friday, May 21, 2010

New England Conservatory: Stephen Lord in as Artistic Director of Opera Studies

David Weininger of the Boston Globe reports:
Stephen Lord is headed back to Boston. Lord spent 16 years as music director and principal conductor of Boston Lyric Opera, where he won plaudits for his guidance in repertoire ranging from Mozart to Strauss. Currently music director of Opera Theatre of St. Louis, he is slated to become artistic director of the opera studies department at New England Conservatory, where he will oversee all aspects of the program. The appointment takes effect in September. Beginning in the 2011-12 season, Lord will also conduct one mainstage production per season, NEC announced this week. He will keep his St. Louis position.
The school also noted that Luretta Bybee, a faculty member and mezzo-soprano, [and wife to a certain bass baritone written about here] will assume the post of executive director and chair of the department. Both appointments are part of a reorganization intended to boost NEC’s profile in the world of opera education; other recent endeavors have included a partnership with Opera Boston and the establishment of an artist diploma program in opera.
For more visit www.necmusic.edu or visit The Boston Globe

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