Chicago Opera Theater Announces New Music Director

By David Salazar

The Chicago Opera Theater has appointed Russian-born conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya to be its new Music Director, which will kick off during this coming season and see her appear more regularly with the company in 2018-19.

The conductor has had an extensive career in the United States, where she is Artistic Director of Juventas New Music Ensemble, the Music Director with Commonwealth Lyric Theater, Chorus Master for numerous programs with Boston Symphony Orchestra/Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and is also a conductor with Boston Youth Symphony.

She was among the women selected for the inaugural residency program at The Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for Women Conductors and also appears as a regular conductor for American Lyric Theater and Beth Morrison Projects.

“I am thrilled with the appointment of Lidiya as the new music director of Chicago Opera Theater,” said COT Board President Henry Fogel. “She is a remarkable talent, with significant experience working with a variety of opera companies and with both established and rising voices in the classical music realm. Every person we spoke to who has worked with her, without exception, was enthusiastic in their praise of both her musical abilities and her qualities as a colleague.”