Stephen Lord joined Michigan Opera Theatre as Principal Conductor in November 2016; he leads the company’s artistic activities.
Opera News named Lord one of the “25 Most Powerful Names in U.S. Opera” (one of four conductors), and he 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 emeritus for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and was formerly the music director of Boston Lyric Opera.
In addition to this work in Saint Louis and Detroit, he has been a frequent guest conductor at the Canadian Opera Company, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera and the English National Opera, returning there for four consecutive seasons.
An outstanding mentor and discoverer of young talent, he has been directly responsible for the initial work of Lawrence Brownlee, Russell Thomas, Morris Robinson, Susan Graham, Christine Goerke, Patricia Racette and literally scores more of today’s best singers.
“Puccini’s glorious score took flight on the wing of conductor Stephen Lord’s passion and patience, and the cast delivered at key moments.”
— Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press
“The Humming Chorus, incidentally, was exquisitely played by the MOT orchestra, with conductor Stephen Lord drawing out some striking tonal colors. Lord took a broad, romantic approach to the score without getting mawkish. The rise and fall of the music was gently exaggerated to fine effect.”
— George Bulanda, The Detroit News
“Kudos as well to the evening-long robust sound of the MOT Orchestra under the direction of Stephen Lord.”
— Amy J. Parrent, Between the Lines News