Alexander Prokhorov-Tolstoy (Artistic Director and Stage Director) is the Founder and Artistic Director of Commonwealth Lyric Theater as well as the Founder and Vocal Instructor of Lucky Ten Young Talent Studio. Mr. Prokhorov-Tolstoy has staged with critical acclaim operas often featuring world class singers from the Bolshoi and Metropolitan opera companies. In 2013 and 2014, respectively, his opera productions of “Aleko” by Sergey Rakhmaninov and “Mozart and Salieri” by Rimsky Korsakov, were featured in the Boston Globe, received great acclaim from the critics, and took 1st prize of the National Opera Association. Mr. Prokhorov-Tolstoy produced several operas performed by children, which included Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”, Glinka’s “Ruslan and Ludmila”, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. These children’s productions of the operas were so unique that even though children’s opera category did not exist as part of the competition, the National Opera Association still awarded them an honorable mention. Mr. Prokhorov-Tolstoy is a professional opera singer (Bass-Baritone) and a pianist. His operatic roles include Don Pasquale with Boston University Opera Institute, Raimondo with Boston Bel Canto Opera, Ashby with the Boston Music Academy, and Ferrando with Boston Bel Canto Opera. Mr. Prokhorov-Tolstoy's solo concert appearances include Stravinsky’s Les Noces with Ohio State University Chamber Orchestra, and Handel’s Messiah with the Sapphire Coast Music Festival in Australia.
Olga Lisovskaya (Executive Director) soprano, is a native of Kiev, Ukraine. Hailed by critics as a “wonderful coloratura soprano with the flexibility to caress the highest range notes.” Ms. Lisovskaya’s most recent operatic engagement is the role of Oksana in the New England premiere of the First National Ukrainian Opera Cossack Beyond the Danube by S. Hulak-Artemovsky with Commonwealth Lyric Theater, as part of Newton Festival of the Arts. Ms. Lisovskaya has performed many recitals and concerts, sharing the stage with the world-renowned singers from Bolshoi Theater, Metropolitan Opera, and LaScala. Ms. Lisovskaya received a B.A. in International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College, a Certificate from L’Institut des Sciences Politiques, Paris, France, and a Certificate from Ecole Normale de Musique d’A. Cortot in Paris, France. Ms. Lisovskaya won several competitions, and was a participant in the Donizetti Music Festival in Italy.
Irina Prokhorov (Producer and Production Director) has been with Commonwealth Lyric Theater for three years as Producer and Production Director, Legal Counsel, and choir Member. Mrs. Prokhorov has a Bachelor’s Degree in choir conducting and music education as well as a Juris Doctor. Mrs. Prokhorov is a solo practitioner and proprietor of her own firm, the Law Office of Irina Rubinshtein, P.C. Mrs. Prokhorov was the opera producer of the past two major productions of Commonwealth Lyric Theater, in 2016 “Boris Godunov” by Mussorgsky and in 2015 “Cossacks Beyond the Danube’s River”, both receiving acclaimed Boston Globe review. In addition, Mrs. Prokhorov is a co-founder of the Child Prodigy Concert Series of Boston, which in 2014 brought 500 people to its inaugural concert at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall.