Stephen Lord joined Michigan Opera Theatre as Principal Conductor in November 2016 and he will lead the company’s artistic activities through the 2018-19 season.

Opera News named Lord one of the “25 Most Powerful Names in U.S. Opera” (one of four conductors), and 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 for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and formerly was music director of Boston Lyric Opera. He now serves as artistic director of opera studies at the New England Conservatory, overseeing all aspects of the opera training program and conducting one main stage production a year.

In addition to his opera endeavors, Stephen Lord has conducted at Carnegie Hall for PDQ Bach’s annual concerts and at the Berkshire Choral Festival Institute. He teaches Master Classes at various institutions including Yale University, The Blossom Festival, the Hartt School of Music and Westminster Choir College, and he serves as an adjudicator in vocal competitions such as the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, Opera America’s George London/Sullivan Grants, and the Richard Tucker Foundation.


“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