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Stanford Calderwood General & Artistic Director

Esther Nelson combines an extensive career in the arts with significant management expertise. Prior to joining Boston Lyric Opera in September 2008, Ms. Nelson was a management consultant for a broad range of clients that included the New York Historical Association, their research library, and their associated Fenimore Art Museum; the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY; the European International Music and Arts Foundation; the Cultural Diplomacy Institute in New York and Berlin, Germany; Albany Symphony Orchestra in New York; The Douglas Moore Fund in New York City; Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta, NY; Virginia Opera; Memphis and Portland (Maine) Operas; and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Music Director
David Angus was appointed Music Director of Boston Lyric Opera in 2010 following his highly successful debut conducting Idomeneo, re di Creta during the Company’s 2009/2010 Season. He is also the Honorary Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, following several years as its Principal Conductor, during which time he played a major part in establishing it as Belgium’s most exciting and successful new orchestra.

Born in England, David spent his early years in Belfast. He was a boy chorister at King’s College, Cambridge, under Sir David Willcocks, and he read music at Surrey University where he specialised as a pianist. He finished his training with a Fellowship in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he won several prizes for his opera conducting.

His professional career began as a repetiteur with Opera North before becoming Chorus Master and Staff Conductor for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. At Glyndebourne he conducted many operas, both in the Festival and on tour. David’s operatic career then took him to Italy, where he conducted several productions and concerts in Turin, Milan, Bologna and Modena. He has worked with Scottish Opera, Opera North and English Touring Opera, and conducted many productions elsewhere in the UK and Ireland, including several British premieres for the Brighton Festival. In mainland Europe, he has worked at Opéra National de Paris, Danish National Opera, Malmö Opera and Icelandic Opera. In North America, he has been the Music Director of Glimmerglass Opera, where he conducted for five seasons, and he has also conducted for the Canadian Opera Company and Cleveland Opera.

On the UK concert platform, David regularly conducts the London Philharmonic, both in concert and in the recording studio. He has appeared with most of the major orchestras in the country, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, the BBC’s Philharmonic and Scottish Symphony Orchestras, the London Mozart Players, the Ulster Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia.

David Angus broadcasts frequently on BBC Radio 3 and abroad in Austria, Ireland, Holland, Denmark, Italy, and particularly on Klara, the Belgian Classical Music channel. He conducts orchestras and choirs all over Europe, particularly in Scandinavia where he is a regular guest with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and several Danish orchestras. In North America, he has had appeared with the Utah Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony and the Calgary Philharmonic.

An affinity with the music of Benjamin Britten started when he sang for Britten as a boy chorister at Aldeburgh, and since then he has conducted for the Aldeburgh Festival and for several years was the Vocal Consultant to the Britten-Pears School. David Angus has a natural empathy with young musicians and he finds working with youth orchestras particularly rewarding.

Apart from his regular commitments with Boston Lyric Opera, the London Philharmonic and his former orchestra in Belgium, future plans include Cilea’s L’arlesiana at the Wexford Festival, his Central American debut with the UNAM Philharmonic Orchestra in Mexico City, and a welcome return to the Dartington International Summer School to conduct Dvorak’s Stabat Mater.

2015_HS_JohnConklin_240x300JOHN CONKLIN

Artistic Advisor
John Conklin has designed sets on and off-Broadway, at the Kennedy Center, and for opera companies around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Bastille Opera in Paris, the Royal Opera and the opera houses of Munich, Amsterdam, and Bologna, among many others. Locally, his work has been seen in Boston Lyric Opera’s I Puritani (2014), Rigoletto (2014), The Magic Flute (2013), Cosí Fan Tutte (2013), The Flying Dutchman (2013), Madama Butterfly (2012), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2011) and Macbeth (2011), as well as at the American Repertory Theatre and Boston Ballet. Additionally, John works to develop new supplemental performances, lecture series, and community events for BLO that enrich audiences’ operatic experiences and strengthen the presence of opera in Boston’s arts community. He is also on the faculty at New York University’s Tisch School where he teaches courses in design for stage and film. John received the 2011 NEA Opera Honors award.

Michael J. PuzoMICHAEL J. PUZO

Chair, Board of Directors
At Hemenway & Barnes LLP, Michael concentrates on trust and estate matters, primarily through serving as a trustee of private trusts and charitable foundations. He chairs the firm’s Trust Investment Committee and has served as the chair of the firm’s Private Client Group and Hemenway & Barnes’s managing partner. Michael is also a Managing Director, Treasurer and Chair of the Investment Committee of Hemenway Trust Company, LLC. In 2005, he was presented with the Boston College Law School Founder’s Medal. Michael is frequently a featured expert quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Barron’s, The Boston Globe, Financial Planning, and other media sources.

Elsewhere in the community, Michael serves as Hingham Town Moderator, is a Trustee and former Board Chair of South Shore Conservatory, and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Boston College Law School.

He holds degrees from Boston College (BA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and Boston College Law School (JD).


Chair  Michael J. Puzo
Vice-Chair & Treasurer  Wayne Davis
Clerk  Susan W. Jacobs
Stanford Calderwood General & Artistic Director  Esther Nelson, Ex Officio

Linda Cabot Black
Willa Bodman
Miguel de Bragança
Alicia Cooney 
Alan Dynner
Susan D. Eastman
Andrew Eisenberg, Esq.
Thomas D. Gill, Jr.
Barbara Winter Glauber
Mimi Hewlett
Horace H. Irvine II
Amelia Welt Katzen
Maria J. Krokidas
Jeffrey Marshall
Abigail B. Mason
A. Neil Pappalardo
E. Lee Perry
Irving H. Plotkin
William Pounds
Rusty Rolland
David W. Scudder
Susan R. Shapiro
David Shukis
Ray Stata
Wynne Szeto
Christopher Tadgell
Lady Juliet Tadgell
Frank Wisneski


Co-Chair L. Joseph LoDato
Co-Chair Samuel Y. Parkinson
Co-Chair Lawrence St. Clair

James Ackerman
Sarah E. Ashby
Kimberly E. Balfour
Elizabeth Barker
Edward Bell
Richard M. Burnes, Jr.
Ellen Cabot
Amos Deinard
Carol Deane
Catherine Dunn
Nicholas DiMauro
Jessica Donohue
Joseph Glenmullen
Amy Hunter
William Hunter
Louise Johnson
Ellen Kaplan
Pam Kunkemueller
Stephen T. Kunian
Russell Lopez
Anita Loscalzo
M. Lynne Markus
Jillian McGrath
Jane Pisciottoli Papa
Barbara Goodwin Papesch
Susanne Potts
Carl Rosenberg
Allison Ryder
Jonathan Saxton
Alex Senchak
Wendy Shattuck
Frank Tempesta
Richard Trant
Lydia Kenton Walsh
Robert Walsh
Peter J. Wender
Bert Zarins
Tania Zouikin

Steven P. Akin
J.P. Barger
Sherif A. Nada



Nicholas G. Russell   Director of Artistic Operations
Steven Atwater   Artistic Manager
Zachary Calhoun   Auditions Coordinator
Julian Killough-Miller   Artistic Associate


Anna B. Labykina   Production & Technical Director
Alix Strasnick   Assistant Technical Director
Amanda Robie   Production Operations Manager
Andrew Trego   Production Coordinator
Samantha Layco   Production Administrative Assistant
Jessica Johnson Brock   Consultant

Brad Vernatter   Consultant
Julia Noulin-Mérat   Associate Producer


Karen T. Frost   Director of Finance and Administration
David J. Cullen   Accounting Manager
Reingard Heller   Finance Manager
Angela Rowland   Senior Accountant
Caitlin Hayes   Finance & Office Coordinator


Eileen Nugent Williston  Director of External Relations

Sarah B. Blume  Director of Major Gifts
Erin Coffey  Associate Director of Major Gifts
Cathy Emmons  Director of Institutional Gifts

Andrew J. Moreau   Operations Manager/Systems Administrator
Robin Whitney   Development & Outreach Manager
Robin Schweikart   Database Administrator
Rebecca Kittredge   Audience Services Manager
Narcissa McArthur   Development Coordinator
Bailey Kerr   Patron Services Associate
Morgan McKendry   Audience Services Associate

Jeila Irdmusa   Communications Manager
Amy Holland Crafton   Advertising Consultant
Goodman Media International, Inc.  Public Relations

Lacey Upton   Director of Community Engagement
Rebecca Kirk   Manager of Education Programs
Sara O’Brien   Events Coordinator
Brendan Buckley   Resident Teaching Artist
Heather Gallagher  Resident Teaching Artist

IRN Internet Services  Website
Leapfrog Arts   Graphic Design


Jeannie Ackerman
Jose Alberto
Sharon Barry
Katie Bauer
Laima Bobelis
Lynn Bregman
Jane Cammack
Susan Cavalieri
Caroline Cole
Ann D’Angelo
Karla De Greef
Marsha    dePoo
Mary DePoto
Frances Driscoll
Marian Ead
Susan Eastman
Lee Forgosh
Audley Fuller
Mencken Graham
James Karg
Eva Karger
Milling Kinard
Nicholas Kopp
Esther Lable
Melissa Lanouelle
Daniel Levin
Richard    Leccese
Tiphaine Levesque du Rostu
Nancy Lynn
Domenico Mastrototaro
Terri Mazzuli
Patti McGovern
Anne McGuire
Amy Molloy
Meg Morton
Kameel Nasr
Gail Neff
Amy O’Connell
Cosmo and Jane Papa
Barbara Papesch
Elizabeth Sarafian
Alexandra Sherman
Barbara Trachtenberg
Amy Walba
Gerry Weisenberg
Beverly Wiggins
Debbie    Weiss
Alfred Williams
Lynn Williams
Sybil Williams