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Boston Lyric Opera Announces David Angus as new New Music Director


Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) is proud to announce that David Angus will become the Company’s new Music Director effective September 2010, a position that has been vacant for two years. Maestro Angus received critical acclaim for conducting BLO’s April 2010 production of Idomeneo, re di Creta. He has extensive experience with a variety of larger and smaller international opera companies and symphony orchestras, making him one of the most respected conductors in the field, and an ideal candidate for this position.

“BLO has been fortunate to have many qualified candidates under consideration, including several of our recent guest conductors,” said Esther Nelson, BLO’s General & Artistic Director. “It quickly became apparent during our recent Idomeneo that David demonstrated terrific synergy with our Orchestra and Chorus. David will be primarily responsible for the Orchestra, but he will also be involved in repertoire choices, and selection of singers, guest conductors and other artists. Our Board and our staff are honored and pleased to welcome David to BLO, and we look forward to re-introducing him to our patrons in his new capacity.”

“I was truly impressed by the teamwork, support and shared artistic passion that I experienced at Boston Lyric Opera when we worked together on Idomeneo, and was very excited about the sound that we all created, both in the orchestra and on the stage,” noted Mr. Angus. “I felt so much at home in the Company and in Boston that I didn’t hesitate for a second when I was invited to become the Music Director. I believe that the company already has great potential to grow, and, under Esther Nelson’s inspired leadership, I am confident that the future will be very exciting. I can’t wait to be a part of this, and I am looking forward with the greatest of enthusiasm to returning to work with the Company in this new capacity.”

“Having a Music Director on staff once again is an exciting indication of the direction Boston Lyric Opera is headed,” observed Steven P. Akin, BLO’s Chairman of the Board. “It was important to take the necessary time to find someone of David’s skill, leadership, and reputation who could support BLO’s integral role in Boston’s and New England’s cultural community, and we are confident in David’s ability to exceed that goal.”

Mr. Angus regularly conducts with several leading UK orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic and Scottish Symphony orchestras, and the London Mozart players—both in concert and in the recording studio—as well as the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, where he was Principal Conductor for several years. Mr. Angus’ professional career began as a repetiteur with Opera North (United Kingdom) before becoming Chorus Master and Staff Conductor for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He has also conducted to great acclaim at several Italian Opera houses, the Canadian Opera Company, Danish National Opera, and the Brighton and Aldeburgh Festivals. The Aldeburgh connection is very strong because, when he was a treble in the world-famous choir at King’s College Cambridge, he sang for Benjamin Britten in Aldeburgh, and he later became a Vocal Consultant for the Britten-Pears School. He is the Music Director of Glimmerglass Opera, the honorary conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, and has recently appeared as guest conductor at Utah Symphony, San Antonio Symphony and Cleveland Opera.

Although guest conductors have already been contracted for BLO’s 2010-2011 Season, Mr. Angus will work closely with them and the orchestra to ensure a consistent voice throughout the Season, and will conduct A Midsummer Night’s Dream to close out the Season in April 2011. He will then conduct a minimum of two productions in future seasons.

Compiled from the press release courtesy of Boston Lyric Opera (website | profile | tag archive).

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