DETROIT, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Wayne S. Brown, CEO and President of Michigan Opera Theatre, today announced the appointment of Maestro Stephen Lord as Principal Conductor, a newly created position at MOT. The appointment is effective immediately and will continue through the 2018-19 season. Lord has been a frequent conductor at MOT since 2004 and last led the orchestra in the March, 2016, production of Macbeth. Lord will have a lead role in all artistic matters at MOT including programming, casting, and auditions and will work collaboratively with Brown and David DiChiera, the company's founder and Artistic Director, through the end of the season when DiChiera will assume the position of Artistic Director Emeritus. Lord is currently Music Director of the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, a position he will continue to hold during his tenure at MOT. He is an internationally regarded conductor who has led operas at the English National Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, the Seoul Arts Center and at opera companies in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Santa Fe and a variety of other U.S. cities. He has been a frequent guest conductor at Michigan Opera Theatre and is popular with audiences and with the orchestra. "We're delighted that Stephen has agreed to join us and lead us artistically through David DiChiera's transition to an Emeritus position," said Wayne Brown. The company has been conducting a search for a successor to Dr. DiChiera for the past year. "Our Search Committee continues to review and interview a number of recognized and qualified candidates and they have recommended that the search be continued," Brown said. "We don't want to be rushed in this process. We want to achieve artistic integrity and alignment with the goals and strategies we've set for the future and having Stephen aboard will give us the time we need to do that."