Known for his savvy style on the podium and ability to communicate, Maestro Domenico Boyagian has proven to be highly valuable, sensitive and compassionate in his aesthetic delivery. Born and raised in Bologna, Italy and the son of the internationally renowned Armenian-Italian Verdi baritone Garbis Boyagian, Mº Boyagian arrived in the U.S. in 2000 to pursue his musical studies in piano and conducting. Described by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “…a conductor for whom the music is the sole point of standing before musicians”, Mº Boyagian is inaugural music director of the new Cleveland Opera Theater and the former Music Director of the Ohio Philharmonic Orchestra based in Cleveland.
During the 2014-15 season, Mº Boyagian was guest conductor in his debut with Opera North (NH) conducting La traviata. He was also an invited guest conductor in the fall with the Manhattan School of Music where he will work with young artists in scenes programs. Later that season he was the Associate Conductor with Florida Grand Opera conducting Così fan tutte and returned to Opera Southwest as Associate Conductor in La bohème. That season also included the inaugural of Cleveland Opera Theater where Mº Boyagian was recently appointed Music Director of which he conducted Tosca. He returns as guest conductor with the Manhattan School of Music and conducts Street Car Named Desire and La bohème during the Cleveland Opera Theater 2015-16 season.
In 2013 he was reëngaged to conduct the National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Costa Rica in critically acclaimed performances of Verdi’s Requiem. He made his New York debut conducting performances of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and served as cover conductor at Florida Grand Opera in Miami. He was invited to return to Albuquerque in 2013 where he conducted Opera Southwest in the première of Ethan Frederick Greene’s opera A Way Home. In Cleveland Mº Boyagian led a production of Szymanowski’s rare and challenging King Roger, described by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as being performed “amid Szymanowski's rich orchestral colors, which received handsome definition by the Opera Circle Orchestra under the shapely direction of Domenico Boyagian.” Particularly adept in the standard Italian repertoire, he made his Canadian debut with Verdi’s La traviata for Opera Belcanto in Toronto and in Italy at Teatro della Regina, La Camerata Musicalle Giovanile Orchestra (Bologna), Assisi Opera and Sofia Festival Orchestra.
Equally masterful in orchestral repertoire, in 2011 Domenico Boyagian was named Music Director of the Ohio Philharmonic in Cleveland where he resides and is guest conductor with the Cleveland Philharmonic, Saint Ann Orchestra, Suburban Symphony, Opera Per Tutti, and Opera Circle Orchestras. A collaboration with the celebrated Italian pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi produced his recent recording debut for Centaur Records with the Ohio Philharmonic conducting the works of Edvard Grieg including the Holberg Suite, Opus 40. Of this recording, the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote, “the soloist and conductor Boyagian maintained such close contact that the score unfolded with seamless vibrancy.” Earlier that year he led the Palm Beach Symphony in a Gala Concert fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago. Mº Boyagian has recently been named “one of 10 most distinguished Italians in the U.S.” by the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce in New York, the only musician among them.
More on Domenico Boyagian at: www.domenicoboyagian.com
"The pit and cast, however, led by Domenico Boyagian, were fully satisfying, singing and playing with refinement and expression. Boyagian's pacing also was effective; while each scene felt perfectly spacious, the overall noose was always tightening." ─ Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer, TOSCA, Cleveland Opera Theater,2015
"And conductor Domenico Boyagian is sensitive to the nuances of the score, bringing out the exuberance of Verdi’s melodic waltzing in the scenes set in the Parisian demimonde, as well as the ominous, antic tremolo of the strings as Violetta’s tuberculosis progresses to its inevitable end." ─ Nicola Smith, Valley News, Opera North, 2014
“Throughout the performance, conductor Domenico Boyagian was in full control of the proceedings and kept things moving while still allowing the singers room to bask in the lushness that is Puccini. The orchestra sounded top-notch and responded quickly to every small tempo and dynamic adjustment made by Boyagian. He is an impressive conductor and it will be interesting to follow the development of his career.”
And conductor Domenico Boyoagian is sensitive to the nuances of the score, bringing out the exuberance of Verdi’s melodic waltzing in the scenes set in the Parisian demimonde, as well as the ominous, antic tremolo of the strings as Violetta’s tuberculosis progresses to its inevitable end. ─ Michael Telin, ClevelandClassical.com, Opera Per Tutti, April 2014