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Esther Nelson

general and artistic director, Boston Lyric Opera

Esther Nelson combines an extensive career in the arts with significant management expertise. Ms. Nelson was until the fall of 2002 the General Director/CEO of Glimmerglass Opera (NY), one of the country's largest and most prestigious opera festivals. Her leadership earned her a professional citation from the governor of New York. Before coming to Glimmerglass, Ms. Nelson was the General Director/CEO of Nevada Opera in Reno, where she was responsible for all administrative and artistic activities and founded the company's successful state-wide Nevada touring program. Born to an American father and a German mother, Ms. Nelson was educated in Germany, England, and France, where she studied art, music, theater, and business.