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Lidiya Yankovskaya

Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya Joins the Roster

“Chicago Opera Theater may be entering a golden age in its history…The company had its most successful season in a decade last year, with new music director Lidiya Yankovskaya…[who] continues to impress with every performance.”
Chicago Classical Review

Opus 3 Artists is excited to welcome Russian-American conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya to our roster. She is a fiercely committed advocate for Russian masterpieces, operatic rarities, and contemporary works on the leading edge of classical music. As Music Director of Chicago Opera Theater, Ms. Yankovskaya has led the Chicago premiere of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick, which Opera News called “a highlight of Chicago’s current season. Moby-Dick…gave Yankovskaya a juicy opportunity to really strut her stuff for Chicago’s audience, and she delivered an electrifying reading.” She also led the Chicago premieres of Rachmaninov’s Aleko, Joby Talbot’s Everest, Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, and the world premiere of Dan Shore’s. Ms. Yankovskaya has been recently engaged with Chicago Philharmonic and her upcoming debuts include Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Dallas Opera, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Opera Vlaanderen, Opera Seville, and the Glimmerglass Festival.

Ms. Yankovskaya is Founder and Artistic Director of the Refugee Orchestra Project, which recently performed at the United Nations in New York City and LSO St Luke’s in London. She has served as Artistic Director of the Boston New Music Festival and Juventas New Music Ensemble, and Music Director of Harvard’s Lowell House Opera. An alumna of the Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for Women Conductors and Marin Alsop’s Taki Concordia Fellowship, Ms. Yankovskaya has also served as assistant conductor to Lorin Maazel, assisted Vladimir Jurowski via a London Philharmonic fellowship, and was featured in the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. Ms. Yankovskaya has been a featured speaker at the League of American Orchestras and Opera America conferences, served as U.S. Representative to the 2018 World Opera Forum in Madrid, and received a 2018 Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award.

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