Established in 1954, the Lyric Opera Orchestra made its debut that year, first with Lyric's "calling card" performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni and then later with the company's official opening, Bellini's Norma. Both productions were conducted by Nicola Rescigno, one of the company's co-founders.

The orchestra has since performed an extraordinarily diverse repertoire under many of the world's most distinguished conductors, including Sir Andrew Davis, who has been Lyric Opera's music director since the 2000/01 season.

Over the course of its remarkable history the orchestra has also collaborated with such conductors as Bruno Bartoletti (longtime Lyric artistic director, currently artistic director emeritus), Tullio Serafin, Artur Rodzinski, Sir Georg Solti, Kiril Kondrashin, Ferdinand Leitner, Christoph von Dohnányi, Zubin Mehta, Sir John Pritchard, Sir Mark Elder, James Conlon, Riccardo Chailly, Antonio Pappano, Michael Tilson Thomas, Harry Bicket, and Donald Runnicles.

Among the orchestra's most acclaimed performances have been Wagner's Ring cycle under Mehta (1996) and Davis (2005), as well as performances in the past decade of repertoire as varied as Handel's Ariodante, Mozart's Idomeneo, Berlioz's Les Troyens, Verdi's Otello, Wagner's Tannhäuser and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Mussorgksky's Boris Godunov, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Massenet's Cendrillon, Dvořák's Rusalka, Strauss's Elektra, Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, and Weinberg's The Passenger.

Music Director

Sir Andrew Davis

Music Director and Principal Conductor

Music Staff

Violin I

Violin II

Viola

Cello

Bass

Flute

Marie Tachouet

Principal

Dionne Jackson

Assistant Principal

Piccolo

Oboe

Judith Kulb

Principal

Judith Zunamon Lewis

Acting Assistant Principal

Anne Bach

Season Substitute

English Horn

Clarinet

Charlene Zimmerman

Principal

Linda A. Baker

Co-Assistant Principal

Susan Warner

Co-Assistant Principal

Bass Clarinet

Bassoon

Preman Tilson

Principal

Lewis Kirk

Assistant Principal

Hanna Sterba

Season Substitute

Contrabassoon

Horn

Jonathan Boen

Principal

Fritz Foss

Assistant Principal/Utility Horn

Robert E. Johnson

Third Horn

Trumpet

William Denton

Principal

Channing Philbrick

Assistant Principal

Mike Brozick

Season Substitute

Trombone

Jeremy Moeller

Principal

Mark Fisher

Assistant Principal

Mark Fry

Season Substitute

Bass Trombone

Mark Fry

Season Substitute

Tuba

Andrew Smith

Principal

Harp

Timpani

Edward Harrison

Principal

Percussion

Michael Green

Principal

Douglas Waddell

Assistant Principal

Librarian

John Rosenkrans

Principal