The Founder and Artistic Director of Commonwealth Lyric Theater and Young Artist Studio, as well as the former Founder of Lucky Ten Young Talent Studio, serves as the Artistic Director and Stage Director. Mr. Prokhorov-Tolstoy has garnered critical acclaim for staging 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 Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov were highlighted in the Boston Globe, receiving acclaim from critics and the 1st prize of the National Opera Association. In 2017, the same award was received for the opera “Demon” by Anton Rubinshtein, staged at Emerson Cutler Majestic, Boston’s most beautiful theater.
Mr. Prokhorov-Tolstoy also has produced several operas performed by children, including Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Glinka’s “Ruslan and Ludmila,” and Gilbert and Sullivan’s "Pirates of Penzance." Despite the absence of a children’s opera category in the competition, these unique productions received an honorable mention from the National Opera Association. A professional opera singer (Bass-Baritone), stage director, pianist, choir conductor, voice instructor, and composer, Mr. Prokhorov-Tolstoy continues to contribute significantly to the world of opera and music at large.
Irina has been with Commonwealth Lyric Theater for over 10 years, serving as Producer, Production Director, Legal Counsel, choir member, and instructor for Commonwealth Lyric Theater Young Artists. Mrs. Prokhorov holds a Bachelor’s Degree in singing, piano, choir conducting, and music education, along with a Juris Doctor. She is a solo practitioner and the proprietor of her own firm, the Law Office of Irina Rubinshtein, P.C.
Mrs. Prokhorov's opera production of "Demon" by Anton Rubinshtein has received acclaimed press coverage and secured 1st Place in the professional opera company competition by the National Opera Association. Additionally, she is a co-founder of the Child Prodigy Concert Series of Boston, which, in 2014, attracted over 500 people to its inaugural concert at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall.