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The Michigan Opera Theatre on Friday named frequent conductor Stephen Lord as principal conductor.

Lord’s appointment to this newly created position is effective immediately.

Opera-goers saw him leading the orchestra during the March production of “Macbeth.” He’s currently also the music director of the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and he will continue in that role.

In March, the Michigan Opera Theatre’s founder and artistic director David DiChiera announced his retirement, and a search for his replacement continues.

“We’re delighted that Stephen has agreed to join us and lead us artistically through David DiChiera’s transition to an Emeritus position,” MOT’s CEO and president Wayne Brown said in a press release issued Friday.

“Our Search Committee continues to review and interview a number of recognized and qualified candidates and they have recommended that the search be continued,” Brown said. “We don't want to be rushed in this process. We want to achieve artistic integrity and alignment with the goals and strategies we've set for the future and having Stephen aboard will give us the time we need to do that.”

Lord will conduct the Michigan Opera Theatre’s production of “Girl of the Golden West,” April 1-9.

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