William Boggs


William Boggs is consistently praised by critics as “daring,” “sensual,” “enlightened,” and “superbly musical.” He has lead some of Opera Columbus’ greatest successes including Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Die Zauberflöte, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, La bohéme, Macbeth, and Turandot.  As the former General Director of Columbus Light Opera he produced over 200 performances of the works of Strauss, Lehár, Offenbach, Gilbert and Sullivan, Friml, Romberg, and Herbert. 

He conducted the world premier of Robert Aldridge’s Elmer Gantrywith Nashville Opera and the Midwest premiere with at Florentine Opera of Milwaukee. The Milwaukee production of Elmer Gantry was released on the Naxos label in July, 2011 to great critical acclaim including three Grammy nominations, two Grammy awards, and “Best Opera Recording of the Year” award by Opera News. In addition he has conducted Die Fledermaus with Opera Carolina and Mississippi Opera, Philip Glass’ Fall of the House of Usher, Student Prince,and Madama Butterfly with Nashville Opera, Pirates of Penzancewith Indianapolis Opera, a Mario Lanza tribute concert for the Fresno Grand Opera, and many Opera Columbus productions including Aida,PagliacciRoméo et JulietteThe Merry WidowLa CenerentolaLes Pêcheurs de PerlesLe Nozze di Figaro, and Weill’s Street Scene at Capital University. This Season he will conduct Les Pêcheurs de Perles for Nashville Opera and Giulio Cesare at the Florentine Opera.

He has conducted the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Macau Festival Orchestra, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Hong Zhou Symphony (China), Orquestra Sinfonica del Estada de Mexico, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Honolulu Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

Maestro Boggs received his Bachelor of Music, cum laude from Ohio State University where he went on to earn a Master of Music in Conducting and worked on his Doctoral Studies in Opera Production. He continued his Postgraduate Studies in Conducting with The Juilliard School in New York.