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Richard Buckley

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor

Richard Buckley, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor

Richard Buckley, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor

Austin Lyric Opera is proud to celebrate Richard Buckley’s 10 years with the 2013-14 Season.

Mo. Buckley has been heralded by critics across the world for his dynamic contributions and passionate conducting style in both the orchestral and operatic genres. His extraordinary career includes performing with the following companies:

Lyric Opera of Chicago
San Francisco Opera
Los Angeles Opera
Washington Opera
New York City Opera
Santa Fe Opera
Florida Grand Opera
Seattle Opera
Houston Opera
Opera Company of Philadelphia
Canadian Opera Company
L’Opéra de Montréal

He has also enjoyed return engagements at the following companies:

Royal Opera House at Covent Garden
Deutsche Oper Berlin
L’Opéra National de Paris
Hamburg Statsoper
National Theatre of Mannheim
Teatro Colon
Royal Danish Opera
Royal Swedish Opera
Göteborg Opera
Norwegian National Opera
De Nederlandse Opera
Teatro San Carlo Lisbon

Mo. Buckley’s engaging interpretations have been heard with some of the world’s finest orchestras including: the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Toronto, Utah and Seattle.

Mo. Buckley has toured with London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; conducted a gala with the Berlin Radio Symphony which was televised nationally and recorded for Koch-Schwann; and appeared with the BBC Philharmonic in the “Great Composers” series for BBC Television. He has also had guest appearances with the Prague Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Hallé Orchestra, L’Orchestre National de Lyon, Ulster Orchestra, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary Philharmonic. In addition to his many impressive guest conducting engagements, Mo. Buckley has served as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, Music Director of the Oakland Symphony, and Principal Conductor of Opera Cleveland.

Mo. Buckley was Artistic Director of Austin Lyric Opera from September 2003 until July 2007. He brought National attention to this company by spearheading a city wide Shostakovich Festival in 2006, bringing new works into the repertoire including Elektra and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and producing the American premiere of Glass’ Waiting for the Barbarians. 

In 2007, Mo. Buckley was named Principal Conductor, leading the following works with Austin Lyric Opera:  Carmen, The Bat, Rigoletto, Dialogue of the Carmelites, La Boheme, L’Etoile, Hansel and Gretel, La Traviata, L’Italiana in Algeri, Flight, Magic Flute, Lucia, Turandot, Pagliacci, Marriage of Figaro, and Faust.

In addition to the above, Mo. Buckley has continued to guest conduct, performing Aida with Edmonton Opera; Fidelio with Utah Opera, Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci in Ottawa Lyric Opera;  Il Trittico with Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; Don Carlo and Schicchi/Pagliacci with Cincinnati Opera; Rigoletto with Baltimore Opera; La Boheme with the Royal Swedish Opera and National Theater Mannheim; and Turandot for the Casals Festival.

Known for taking opera to a new level emotionally, Buckley continues to be a strong supporter of new works. He premiered Bright Sheng’s The Song of Manjun, Stephen Paulus’ The Woodlanders and The Woman at Otowi Crossing, and led the United States premiere of Aulis Sallinen’s The King Goes Forth to France. He conducted newly revised versions of Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra and Martin Levy’s Mourning Becomes Elektra as well as Ricky Ian Gordon’s Grapes of Wrath.

In January 2012, Mo. Buckley became Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, leading ALO to new levels of artistic excellence. In the 2013-14 Season we celebrate his 10-year anniversary.

Austin Lyric Opera conductor Richard Buckley celebrates 10 years with ‘Tosca,’ among other things, January 2014, Austin American-Stateman