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Biography highlights

Musical Director of Chicago Opera Theatre
Artistic Director of Refugee Orchestra Project
Conductor Laureate of Juventas New Music Ensemble

 

RECENT AND UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS

Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, Heggie's Moby Dick for Chicago Opera Theater, U.S. premiere of Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei for Spoleto Festival, Sankaram’s Taking Up Serpents for Washington National Opera, debut with Seattle Opera and for Glimerglass Festival New York,  workshop of a new opera with The Metropolitan Opera and concerts with Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Stamford Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, Symphony New Hampshire. She will also serve as assistant conductor for subscription concert of London Philharmonic.

 
PAST ENGAGEMENTS

Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades, Délibes Lakmé and Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream with Lowell House Opera, Gluck's Le Cadi Dupé with New York Lyric Opera, Glass's The Juniper Tree with Wolftrap Opera, highlights from Iolanta and Boris Godunov with New Opera NYC on tour. She has done also American premieres of several Russian operas including Rimsky-Korsakov’s Kashchej the Immortal, Snegurochka and Rubinshtein’s The Demon. Lidiya has previously served as assistant conductor to Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival, where she regularly stepped in for Maazel in rehearsals and performances, a chorus master to Boston Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink.

 
AWARDS

The Solti Foundation US Career Assistance Award 2018
The National Opera Association Award for Best Production (Rachmaninoff´s Aleko)
The National Opera Association Award (Schankler’s Light and Power)
The American Prize for best professional production (Schankler’s Light and Power)
​Honourable Mention in Marin Alsop’s Taki Concordia Fellowship
Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview 2017



 

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Moby Dick for Chicago Opera Theatre, April 2019

But the ultimate star here was the production itself, a tour de force for Chicago Opera Theater with many moving parts. Conductor and COT music director Lidiya Yankovskaya brought forth brilliantly colored accompaniment from the orchestra, where the most exciting musical action takes place. The chorus, too, proved resplendent, onstage and off.

- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

…An ideal cast who can act their roles with impressive style, as well as sing them with authority and exemplary diction. Lidiya Yankovskaya, COT’s young and exceptionally talented music director, elicits all the feverish beauty of the score from her superb orchestra, and from the male chorus that is more than three dozen strong.

- Hedy Weiss, WTTW News

By any measure, Chicago Opera Theater's staging of Jake Heggie's “Moby-Dick” is a defining success in the history of the company... Perhaps most memorable is a gentle, affecting meditation on the sea as night slowly changes to morning. This section and the rest of the score are handsomely realized by the Chicago Opera Theater’s pit orchestra, masterfully led by music director Lidiya Yankovskaya, who never allows the momentum to flag.

- Kyle MacMillan, Chicago Sun-Times

Moby Dick was masterfully conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya. Under her baton the 60 piece orchestra played beautifully with a sumptuous sound. The positive influence of Ms. Yankovskaya’s direction continues to impress in a business which is highly competitive for better orchestra players. The commitment to excellence from COT is to be commended.

- William and Margaret Swain, Buzz Center Stage

Lidiya Yankovskaya built on her strong debut last November leading Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. She kept the momentum surging through the two long acts, balancing the principals, chorus and large orchestra with consummate skill and putting across all of the ingenuity, audacity and startling beauty of Heggie’s remarkable score.

- Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review


Taking Up Serpents for Washington National Opera, January 2019

Russian conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya made a strong WNO debut at the podium, skillfully bringing together the disparate sounds in the pit.

- Charles T. Downey, Washington Classical Review

The most interesting parts were Sankaram’s atmospheric orchestrations, brought out by Lidiya Yankovskaya in the pit.

- Anne Midgette, The Washington Post

Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya ably shaped the score: Its spare orchestration is built on string drones and slithering glissandos and colored with punchy special effects, such as the whirly tubes that make a soft, creepy hooting sound, associated with Kayla’s memories, and the glockenspiel that plays as her father brands her as a sinful daughter of Eve and that later accompanies her triumphant assertion, ‘I am the light.

- Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal


Iolanta for Chicago Opera Theater, November 2018

Yankovskaya…led a flexible and richly idiomatic account of this score. She showed clear sympathy with her compatriot’s music—keeping the music flowing through the unbroken 90 minutes, balancing deftly to bring out Tchaikovsky’s woodwind accents, and building lyric climaxes to resplendent payoffs.

- Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review

Maestra Yankovskaya’s debut in the pit was promising and gratifying. She brought out all the pathos and grandness in the lush score, without ever overpowering the singers, quite an accomplishment in an intimate theater with such an exposed orchestra pit.

- William and Margaret Swain, Buzz Center Stage

Under the baton of Lidiya Yankovskaya, Tchaikovsky’s score became transcendent. With the thorough preparation of the score and empathy with the composer (both having Russian roots and then Western influences), she lovingly guided the singers and orchestra through every ebb and flow of the music, shifting from tenderness to passion, while keeping the pace of the opera moving ahead.

- Marjorie M. Rusche, Opera Wire


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