Lidiya Yankovskaya - Music Director

COT is excited to welcome Lidiya Yankovskaya to our leadership team as Music Director.


Hailed as “superb,” “expert,” and “coax[ing] every possible expressive note from the instrumentalists,” Russian-born conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya’s engagements this season include Wolftrap Opera, Flagstaff Symphony, Beth Morrison Projects, American Lyric Theater, Opera Saratoga, Stamford Symphony, and as chorus master with Boston Symphony Orchestra & Boston Pops. She is also a part of The Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for Women Conductors and Marin Alsop’s Taki Concordia Fellowship. Additionally, Lidiya serves as Artistic Director with Juventas New Music Ensemble & Boston New Music Festival, Music Director with Commonwealth Lyric Theater, conductor with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director & Founder of Refugee Orchestra Project, and previously as Music Director with Harvard’s Lowell House Opera. At Harvard, she conducted sold-out performances of repertoire rarely heard in Boston, including Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Snow Maiden.  Under her artistic leadership, Juventas New Music has produced annual operatic premieres and performances that cross disciplinary boundaries, including musical collaborations with robots, puppeteers, visual artists, circus performers, and more. Lidiya has also been a champion of lesser known repertory and Russian operatic works, most recently conducting Rachmaninoff’s Aleko, Grétry’s Zémire et Azor, and Rubinshteyn’s The Demon.

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"I am thrilled with the appointment of Lidiya Yankovskaya as the new music director of Chicago Opera Theater. She is a remarkable talent, with significant experience in working with opera companies and with voices. Everyone we talked to who has worked with her, without exception, was enthusiastic in their praise of both her musical abilities and her qualities as a colleague."

- Henry Fogel, COT Board President

"Lidiya represents the future of opera.  She is as skilled with operas of the past as she is with works of living composers.  She often collaborates with other arts and community groups to create productions highly relevant to her audiences.  Lidiya is sure to be a charismatic ambassador of opera in today's world."

- Susan Irion, COT Board Vice President

Andreas Mitisek,
Stefan Edlis & Gael Neeson Artistic Director

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