Widely recognized for his ability to combine precision and passion, conductor Steven Lipsitt made his Boston Lyric Opera debut in February 2011 to sold-out houses and rave reviews in The Wall Street Journal ("an incisive performance"), The New York Times ("Steven Lipsitt led a vital, perfectly paced reading"), and Opera News, ("a major triumph…a fiercely intelligent production….performed beautifully under the guidance of conductor Steven Lipsitt" ).
Music Director of the Boston Classical Orchestra since 1999, Mr. Lipsitt has remarkably brought this professional chamber orchestra to the front ranks of Boston's musical life with freshly designed, vividly realized programs of four centuries of music.
Conducting from memory, Lipsitt led a committed, vigorous and often driving performance of this early [Mendelssohn] score.
"…thoughtfully programmed concert…excellent balance, beauty of tone…a sumptuous rendition of Brahms' Serenade No. 2 which Lipsitt conducted …with great warmth and delicacy…this performance was lyrical and transparent, letting [Brahms'] melodic gifts sing."
() – October 24, 2011"
Lipsitt was a graceful, precise and elegant presence on the podium. He was clear and unobtrusive, but shared a wonderful electrical connection with the BCO musicians --- who obviously enjoy working with him.
Lipsitt has been the music director of the Boston Classical Orchestra, transforming it into one of the most lively and musically solid ensembles in town.
Lipsitt has moved the orchestra significantly forward as well, from initiating new educational outreach projects with Boston schools to more expansive programming. With a relatively small budget, he has positioned the orchestra as an integral part of the area's artistic landscape, focusing mainly on baroque and classical music, with forays into accessible music written especially for the group. He programs music to complement the scale, beauty and history of the hall.