Michael Puzo Applauds Boston Lyric Opera’s Esther Nelson and Welcomes Brad Vernatter

March 11, 2021
Michael Puzo Applauds Boston Lyric Opera’s Esther Nelson and Welcomes Brad Vernatter

In announcing the retirement of Esther Nelson, Stanford Calderwood General & Artistic Director of Boston Lyric Opera, Michael J. Puzo, chair of the BLO Board of Directors and a partner at Hemenway & Barnes said,

“Esther Nelson has had such a profound impact on Boston Lyric Opera and the industry in Boston and beyond, it’s hard to imagine the Company without her. Esther’s tenure moved BLO from being a strong regional company into being a leading national and international entity. It’s emblematic of her professionalism and commitment that she has worked carefully with the board and her colleagues to ensure a seamless transition. This moment finds BLO vibrant, artistically strong, and poised to take the next step in defining what a 21st century opera company looks like.”

Puzo also announced that Chief Operating Officer Bradley Vernatter will serve as BLO’s Acting General & Artistic Director and lead a new strategic planning process for the Company.

Read the full BLO press release here: BLO GENERAL & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ESTHER NELSON TO STEP DOWN AT SEASON’S END

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