- Irina Boga
(b Bucharest, Romania, Dec 10, 1947) Romanian-born conductor. After studying the violin at the Bucharest Conservatory, he continued his studies at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique in Liége with Lola Bobescu. He channelled his interest towards orchestra conducting, completing his education in Brussels and then at the Mozarteum (Salzburg) under the supervision of Herbert von Karajan, then later on at the Juilliard School (New York), where he was mentored by Leonard Bernstein. He was appreciated as both an opera and symphonic conductor on three continents; in Europe (at the Royal Philharmonic and BBC Symphony in London, the Residentie Orchestra, Amsterdam Philharmonic, and the Radio and l’Ile de France orchestras in Paris, the Orchestra Nationale in Lyons, the RAI in Turin, Santa Cecilia in Rome, Maggio Musicale orchestras in Florence, etc.), North America (in Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Baltimore, Rochester and Montreal), and Asia (the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Tokyo Philharmonic). Admired for his dramatic vitality and the accuracy of the his phrasing, he is considered a specialist in the Italian and French repertory of lyrical theatre; in only the last decade he had over 170 performances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, along with having conducted shows at Covent Garden and Royal Opera House in London, the Vienna Opera, the lyrical theatres in Munich, Hamburg, Geneva, Brussels, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Turin, Bologna, Lyon, Houston, Dallas, Toronto, Montreal, Baltimore, and Detroit. His recording of the opera ...