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Music Director and Principal Conductor

Maestro Domenico Boyagian, Music Director of Cleveland Opera Theater and Suburban Symphony Orchestra, has been praised as a “born conductor” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and has dedicated himself to symphonic music and opera. Producing performances of compelling artistry and beauty, Boyagian “appears to be a conductor for whom the music is the sole point of standing before musicians.” (The Plain Dealer)

As Music Director, Maestro Boyagian has made Cleveland Opera Theater the primary destination for opera audiences in Northeast Ohio, providing what “Cleveland has endured so long without.” (The Plain Dealer) Recent seasons under Boyagian’s leadership featured canonical works such as Puccini’s La Boheme, Tosca and Madama Butterfly, Verdi’s La Traviata, Mozart’sLe nozze di Figaro, Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia, Previn’sA Streetcar Named Desire, and more. Regarded as a “singer’s conductor,” Boyagian also conducted opera with other Cleveland organizations, including “The Rake’s Progress” with Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, and premiered Margaret Brouwer’s oratorio “Voice of the Lake” with Blue Streak Ensemble.

Recently appointed leader of Suburban Symphony, a robust community orchestra in its 64th year, 2018-2019 marks Maestro Boyagian’s inaugural season with the organization. His repertoire this year embraces symphonic works by Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Resphigi and Mahler, and initiates a “Beethoven Cycle” where all of Beethoven’s symphonies will be performed in the next few seasons.

As Music Director of the Ohio Philharmonic, he received accolades for his compact disc recording with Centaur Records, featuring Italian pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi: “full of muscle and fire where it counts.” (The Plain Dealer) Performing selections of Edvard Grieg, “the soloist and conductor Boyagian maintained such close contact that the score unfolded with seamless vibrancy.” (Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer)

Boyagain’s passion for conducting opera extends beyond his work with Cleveland Opera Theater, and has resulted in performances of Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and Donizetti with companies such as Florida Grand Opera, Opera North, Opera Southwest, Opera Delaware and the Manhattan School of Music. Performances of symphonic works include Verdi’s Requiemwith the National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Costa Rica, and appearances with Palm Beach Symphony, Cleveland Philharmonic, and the Sofia Festival Orchestra.

Maestro Boyagain is a known and respected member of the musical community in Cleveland, recognized not only as a conductor, but also as a pianist, a songwriter and as a gifted educator.
He has led performances for Cleveland Opera Theater, Suburban Symphony, Blue Streak Ensemble, Heights Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Philharmonic, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, and has recently led rehearsals at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Born and raised in Bologna, Italy, Maestro Boyagian is the proud son of internationally renowned Metropolitan Opera Verdi Baritone, the late Garbis Boyagian, who inspired his son’s innate passion for opera and appreciation for vocal artists. In 2000 Boyagain came to the USA to further his musical studies, after receiving diplomas from Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and Conservatorio “G.I. Martini” in Bologna, Italy; and he holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and California State University, Northridge. In recognition of his burgeoning talent, Boyagian was named “one of 10 most successful Italians in the U.S.” by the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce in New York City, and is a “Most Distinguished Artist” Grant Recipient from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in Cleveland, Ohio. Learn more by visiting

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