Boston Lyric Opera Announces New General Director

By Francisco Salazar

The Boston Lyric Opera Board of Directors, led by Michael J. Puzo has announced a new General Director.

The company announced that Bradley Vernatter will become the Stanford Calderwood General Director and CEO. The appointment follows Vernatter’s term as Acting General and Artistic Director. A

In a statement, Puzo said, “There is clear enthusiasm on the board for Brad’s leadership and his artistic vision during the past two seasons, which brought the company new artistic triumphs and growth while navigating unexpectedly troubled waters.”

In response to his new position, Vernatter said, “I am grateful for the leaders, artists and supporters who have contributed to BLO’s tremendous legacy and I am motivated by our new five-year plan. We have the opportunity to put a stronger emphasis on being part of Boston’s civic and cultural fabric while producing the best of opera that inspires us and connects us.”

Vernatter began working with Boston Lyric Opera in 2015 and was appointed Acting Stanford Calderwood General and Artistic Director in May 2021. He was previously the company’s COO. He has also worked with Opera Omaha, Wexford Festival Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, the Castleton (Va.) Festival, and the Miller Theatre at Columbia University in New York City.