Appointed artistic director of Austin Lyric Opera in 2003, Richard Buckley has conducted for many opera companies in the U.S. and Europe, including Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Opéra National de Paris, Royal Danish Opera; New York City Opera; Santa Fe Opera; Los Angeles Opera; and Washington Opera. He premiered the revised version of Mourning Becomes Electra in 1998 at Lyric Opera of Chicago and also conducted in Seattle. Buckley is a strong proponent of new operas, having premiered five, including Sheng’s Song of Majnun at Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1992. Buckley has a long association with Seattle Opera. His conducting credits with the company include the 1974 touring production of Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia, Floyd’s Of Mice and Men in 1976, and Puccini’s Bohème in 1979. Formerly principal guest conductor at Seattle Symphony and music director of the Oakland Symphony, Buckley has been guest conductor with many of the world’s most important orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the BBC Symphony, the Berlin Radio Symphony, and the Royal Philharmonic.