Sonorous Singing and Virtuosic Playing
"Delightful and stylish" - The Boston Phoenix
"Hardly a dry eye in the house" - The Boston Globe
"An extraordinary recital" - The Boston Phoenix
The Bostonians is a repertory ensemble of superb New England vocal and instrumental artists founded by the late Richard Conrad (1935-2019), the groundbreaking singer, actor, teacher, director, and impresario. We miss you, Richard!
Richard Conrad is well remembered . . .
- for his partnership with Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, and Richard Bonynge for their groundbreaking recordings of bel canto repertoire, especially Decca's THE ART OF BEL CANTO
-for his leadership of The Boston Academy of Music, a production company that richly enhanced Boston's musical life from 1980 - the early 2000s. Highlights included the 1st commercial recording in over 50 years of Samuel Barber's Vanessa; the US premiere of Arthur Sullivan's grand opera, Ivanhoe; the Boston premiere of the original version of Verdi's La Forza del Destino; and much-loved performances of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon. He continued his producing activities when he founded The Bostonians.
-as a gifted teacher of singing whose students have appeared in major solo roles with
The Boston Symphony and POPs Orchestras, Boston Lyric Opera, and important orchestras and opera companies in the North America and Germany.
Conrad passed the baton of The Bostonians to baritone Philip Lima, one of his most successful students and collaborators. Under Conrad’s tutelage, Mr. Lima has sung to critical and popular acclaim with opera companies, orchestras, and presenters throughout the U.S. as well as in Germany, Italy, South Korea, and Ukraine; and serves as the Assistant Chair of Voice at Berklee College of Music.