July 25, 2019
Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya has been recognized as one of Chicago's top musical leaders across all genres by Newcity Magazine.
“The figures most associated with Chicago Opera Theater across its forty-five-year history have been male impresarios such as founder Alan Stone and Brian Dickie. With the 2017 appointment of Lidiya Yankovskaya as COT music director, a conductor is the face of the institution and, in fact, the only female music director of a major American opera company. None of that would mean much if the Russian-born Yankovskaya couldn’t deliver the goods. But after only a single season in her new role, her musical presence has revitalized a company that had become a shadow of itself. The Chicago premiere of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick in April was a major event, in no small part because of Yankovskaya’s elucidation of the score. Russian operas are also a specialty, and the Chicago premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta was no less revelatory.”
On the classical side, the 2019 Music45 list also included Welz Kauffman of the Ravinia Festival, Riccardo Muti and Jeff Alexander of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Seth Boustead of Access Contemporary Music, and Jim Hirsch and Mei-Ann Chen of the Chicago Sinfonietta.