“Boyagian appears to be a conductor for whom the music is the sole point of standing before musicians.” - The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Maestro DOMENICO BOYAGIAN, Music Director of Cleveland Opera Theater and Heights Chamber Orchestra, is an “impressive conductor” (ClevelandClassical.com) whose impeccable musicality inspires audiences and critics alike. His most recent successes include performances of Mozart, Puccini and Verdi with Cleveland Opera Theater, Florida Grand Opera, Opera North, and the Manhattan School of Music. Upcoming engagements for the 2017-2018 season include performances of Weill's Threepenny Opera and Puccini's Madama Butterfly in Cleveland. Under his musical leadership, Cleveland Opera Theater has grown to be the primary destination for opera audiences in Northeast Ohio, what "Cleveland has endured so long without." (The Plain Dealer). Highlights from previous seasons include Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Puccini’s La Bohème. and La Rondine, and Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.
Recently, after having conducted two successful performances in the same year, Maestro Boyagian took on the role of Music Director of Heights Chamber Orchestra, whose mission is to bring live classical music to different Cleveland communities, in an accessible and welcoming environment. The exciting 2017-2018 five concert season will feature works by Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, Copland, and Beethoven, among others.
Boyagian’s CD recording with Centaur Records, featuring Italian pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi and the Ohio Philharmonic Orchestra, was “full of muscle and fire where it counts.” (The Plain Dealer) Performing selections of Edvard Grieg, “the soloist and conductor Boyagian maintained such close contact that the score unfolded with seamless vibrancy.” (Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer)
The 2014-2015 season included numerous opera performances, including a company debut with Opera North conducting La traviata, and guesting with the Manhattan School of Music for their fully staged Opera Scenes Program. Additionally, he returned to Florida Grand Opera conducting Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Opera Southwest conducting La Bohème, and appeared with his “home” company Cleveland Opera Theater for Puccini’s Tosca. “Using economical gestures, he led the cast and an accomplished 34-piece orchestra in an expressive journey through Puccini’s turn-on-a-dime tempo changes and reacted quickly to whatever liberties his on-stage colleagues wanted to take with their individual vocal lines.” (Daniel Hathaway, ClevelandClassical.com)
Other career highlights include performances of Verdi’s Requiem with the National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Costa Rica, his New York City debut conducting Donizett’s Don Pasquale, and his Canadian debut with Verdi’s La Traviata with Opera Belcanto in Toronto. Although the Italian repertoire inspires Maestro Boyagian’s musical roots, he enthusiastically premiered Ethan Greene’s new opera A Way Home, and led Szymanowski’s rarely performed King Roger.
Equally masterful in orchestral repertoire, Domenico Boyagian is former Music Director of the Ohio Philharmonic Orchestra and has appeared as guest conductor with the Palm Beach Symphony, the Cleveland Philharmonic, Saint Ann Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, and the Sofia Festival Orchestra.
Born and raised in Bologna, Italy, Maestro Boyagian is the proud son of internationally renowned Metropolitan Opera Verdi Baritone Garbis Boyagian, who inspired his innate passion for opera. He arrived in the U.S. in 2000 to pursue his musical studies in piano and conducting. He holds music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and California State University Northridge, and diplomas from Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and the Conservatorio “G.B. Martini” in Bologna, Italy. In recognition of his talent, Maestro Boyagian was named “one of 10 most successful Italians in the U.S.” by the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce in New York City, and is a “Most Distinguished Artist” Grant Recipient from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in Cleveland, Ohio.