David Bennett to be San Diego Opera’s next general director

Posted on: March 16, 2015

“In a surprise move that signals an eagerness to take risks and overhaul its conservative image, San Diego Opera has plucked a prominent figure from New York’s experimental and avant-garde music scene to be its general director,” writes David Ng in Thursday’s (3/12) Los Angeles Times. “David Bennett, the executive director of the Gotham Chamber Opera, has been named general director of the San Diego company, its board of directors announced Wednesday. He will start his new job June 15…. Last year, after the venerated company announced it would close, an internal fight resulted in the departure of many board members and longtime general and artistic director Ian Campbell…. In the meantime, the company, celebrating its 50th anniversary season, reconstituted its board and relaunched itself in a scaled-back manner…. Bennett said he sees … both a challenge and an opportunity…. ‘The fact that the community has spoken so loudly about the opera staying alive, I saw as an opportunity.’ … programming may include concert operas with the San Diego Symphony, music theater and more zarzuela performances to engage with the city’s Latino population.” The San Diego Symphony performs as the orchestra for the opera company.

Posted March 16, 2015