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Article Published: 16 Oct 2021

Transitions: Fall 2021

Ana De Archuleta

Ana De Archuleta has joined National Sawdust as director of artistic operations. She will continue to oversee ADA Artist Management.

Opera Memphis has appointed Marissa Manthongkham as development operations manager and Bethania Baray, previously the company’s McCleave Fellow in Directing, as director of education and civic programs.

Kentucky Opera has welcomed Krista Billings as production and technical director.

Stacey Brightman has left her post as vice president of LA Opera Connects to become the executive director of The Ebell of Los Angeles, a women’s philanthropic organization.

Rebecca Brown has joined The Atlanta Opera as director of sales and marketing.

Clare Burovac

New Orleans Opera announced that Clare Burovac, who joined the company last summer as general director designate, has assumed the role of general and artistic director. Robert Lyall has been named general director emeritus. The company has also hired Tara A. Melvin as director of community partnerships and education.

Cary Byrd has joined North Carolina Opera as director of development.

Katie Colletta has joined Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre as marketing and company manager.

Sarasota Opera has named stage director Martha Collins as director of education.

LA Opera announced that it has extended the contract of Music Director James Conlon through 2024–2025 and engaged Lina González-Granados as resident conductor. Grant Gershon will step down as resident conductor and chorus director at the end of the current season.

Edmonton Opera has appointed Richard Cook, its former board chair, as interim general director.

Khori Dastoor

Khori Dastoor, general director of Opera San José, has been named general director and CEO of Houston Grand Opera, effective January 2022.

Robert C. Goodwin

Lyric Opera of Chicago has appointed Robert C. Goodwin as vice president of Lyric Unlimited, Ursulla McWhorter as vice president of people and culture, and Michael Solomon as director of media relations.

Opera Orlando announced two hires for newly created roles: Emily DeNardo as company manager and Tyler Thomas as technical director.

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced two new Biden-Harris appointees: Diane Dewhirst, senior deputy chairperson, and Hannah Schwartz, director of strategic priorities and projects.

Priti Gandhi

Priti Gandhi has joined Portland Opera as artistic director. Gandhi is an alum of OPERA America’s 2019 Leadership Intensive program.

Mena Mark Hanna

Spoleto Festival USA has named Mena Mark Hanna as its new general director.

Opera Idaho has hired KristinAnn Janishefski as director of development.

Heidi Kelley has joined Arizona Opera as director of marketing, communications, and public relations.

Opera Ebony has appointed soprano Marquita Lister as artistic director. She joins General Director Eldric Bashful, who started in his role earlier this year.

Kevin Kwan Loucks

Chamber Music America announced that its new CEO is Kevin Kwan Loucks, replacing Margaret M. Lioi, who has retired.

Portland Opera announced that George Manahan will step down as music director.

Spencer McKnight

Saskatoon Opera announced it has appointed Spencer McKnight as general director.

Patrick Nugent

Patrick Nugent, formerly vice president for development at Lyric Opera of Chicago, has joined Dayton Performing Arts Alliance as its new president and CEO.

Opera Parallèle has appointed Ruth Nott as managing director and Aileen Tat as development director.

Andrea Joy Pearson

Opera Omaha has hired Andrea Joy Pearson for the newly created role of director of belonging and inclusion.