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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, Mr. 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"., Mr. Boyagian is the former Music Director of the Ohio Philharmonic Orchestra based in Cleveland.
Recent and upcoming: Named as the inaugural Music Director of the Cleveland Opera Theater, Mr. Boyagian began that season by conducting A Street Car Named Desire, La bohème and Tosca with ensuing seasons including Le nozze di Figaro, Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica and The Threepenny Opera. He returned for a third season to Manhattan School of Music as Guest Conductor for their graduate program. Past engagements include: Guest Conductor, La traviata with Opera North; guest conductor, Manhattan School of Music; Associate conductor Florida Grand Opera (Così fan tutte); and Associate conductor, Opera Southwest (La bohème). He was slated to conduct Boheme with Florentine Opera in 2022 before a COVID cancellation. Mo. Boyagian continues his position as Music Director of the Suburban Symphony where he was appointed in 2018 dedicating himself to both the symphonic repertoire and opera. He conducts Cosi fan tutte with OperaDelaware this fall.
Maestro Boyagian 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 where he conducted Opera Southwest in the première of Ethan Frederick Greene’s opera A Way Home. In Cleveland Mr. 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 resided 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. Mr. Boyagian was 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
"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
“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.”