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 Miguel de Bragança
Treasurer Susan W. Jacobs
Clerk Dr. Irving H. Plotkin
Stanford Calderwood General & Artistic Director Esther Nelson, Ex Officio

Linda Cabot Black
Willa Bodman
Alicia Cooney
Wayne Davis
Alan Dynner
Robert Eastman
Andrew Eisenberg
Thomas D. Gill, Jr.
Mimi Hewlett
Amelia Welt Katzen
Maria J. Krokidas
Jeffrey E. Marshall
Abigail B. Mason
Anne M. Morgan
A. Neil Pappalardo
E. Lee Perry
William Pounds
David W. Scudder
Susan R. Shapiro
Ray Stata
Christopher Tadgell
Lady Juliet Tadgell


After careful review and discussions, Boston Lyric Opera has adopted a new title for the secondary board, from Board of Overseers to Board of Advisors. BLO is committed to celebrating opera as a community that is open to every individual. The Company aims to fulfill its mission to build curiosity and provide educational resources to the Boston community and beyond, and this title change is one step towards encouraging a welcoming, supportive and inclusive space for all.

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

James Ackerman
Kimberly Balfour
Elizabeth Barker
Edward Bell
Richard M. Burnes, Jr.
Ellie Cabot
Carol Deane
JoAnne Walton Dickinson
Jessica Donohue
Timothy Fulham
David Hoffman
Kathleen Hull
Amy Hunter
Ernest Jacob
Louise Johnson
Ellen Kaplan
Stephen T. Kunian
Louis Lévy
Russell Lopez
Anita Loscalzo
David Manning
M. Lynne Markus
Jillian McGrath
Jane Pisciottoli Papa
Susanne Potts
Carl Rosenberg
Carol Rubin
Allison Ryder
Alex Senchak
Wendy Shattuck
Wynne Szeto
Frank Tempesta
Richard Trant
Amy Tsurumi
Lydia Kenton Walsh
Robert Walsh
Peter J. Wender
Tania Zouikin

Steven P. Akin
J.P. Barger
Horace H. Irvine II
Sherif A. Nada