Lidiya Yankovskaya is a fiercely committed advocate for Slavic masterpieces, operatic rarities, and contemporary works on the leading edge of classical music. She has recently conducted Eugene Onegin at Staatsoper Hamburg, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs at English National Opera, Rusalka at Santa Fe Opera, Carmen at Houston Grand Opera, and Taking Up Serpents at Washington National Opera. Ms. Yankovskaya has conducted more than 40 world premieres, including 17 operas. In the six years since her appointment as Music Director of COT, she has led the Chicago premieres of Heggie’s Moby-Dick, Talbot’s Everest, Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Rachmaninoff’s Aleko, and Szymanowski’s King Roger. This season she leads a new Francesca Zambello production of Shostakovich’s The Nose and David T. Little’s Soldier Songs in Chicago, and debuts with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Indianapolis, and Utah. On the concert stage, recent engagements include Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and National Symphony Orchestra.