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Opera maestro accused of harassment loses Maine gig

June 20, 2019

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Opera Maine has dismissed the conductor of its July production because of sexual harassment allegations.

Opera Maine told the Portland Press Herald that Stephen Lord won’t be conducting Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” July 24 and 26 at Merrill Auditorium. Opera Maine director Caroline Musica Koelker said in an email that she was “saddened” by the sexual harassment allegations made elsewhere.

John Anderson from New York-based Barrett Artists said in a statement he’d never had a complaint from any individual or opera company against Lord in nearly 30 years of representing him.

Lord resigned as principal conductor at the Michigan Opera Theatre and music director emeritus at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis after allegations surfaced in a Minnesota news report.

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