February 8, 2011 |
The understudy has landed the lead role. David B. Devan has been named the Opera Company of Philadelphia's new general director. Devan, 48, has been shouldering increasing responsibility since coming to the Philadelphia troupe as managing director in 2006, after serving as director of Pacific Opera Victoria in British Columbia. Robert B. Driver, leader of the company since 1991 and now artistic director, has been gradually handing over parts of the job to Devan and will continue to handle artistic matters - developing productions and coproductions, scouting vocal talent with music director Corrado Rovaris, guiding repertoire decisions, and directing one or two productions each season.
May 11, 1988 |
Beverly Sills will resign as general director of the New York City Opera Jan. 1, ending a 10-year tenure marked both by controversial artistic decisions and by the company's move to a higher public profile and a more stable financial position. In her letter of resignation, announced yesterday, Sills said the company "should enjoy fresh input from different leadership. " Noting that the company will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 1994, she said that the preparation of a five-year plan of development and fund-raising for the anniversary should be done by a director who will be responsible for the company's direction during the interim period.
September 30, 1999 |
A Californian who has headed Stuttgart Opera for the last decade has been named to the top post of the San Francisco Opera, it was announced Tuesday. Pamela Rosenberg will succeed general director Lotfi Mansouri, who steps down in July 2000 after 12 years running the prestigious house. Rosenberg will take over a 77-year-old company that produces 11 annual productions, on a combined operating budget of $50 million. Its reputation for grand opera - and for adventurous premieres - puts it in the forefront of U.S. houses.
June 10, 2012 |
VATICAN CITY - Intrigue mounted Saturday over the controversial ouster of the Vatican bank's president, with leaked documents showing that board members and even a psychiatrist had questioned his behavior and fitness for the job months before he was fired. The board of the Vatican bank ousted Ettore Gotti Tedeschi on May 24 in a unanimous no-confidence vote, firing a man handpicked by Pope Benedict XVI's No. 2 to help turn around an institution plagued by scandal for decades. The board has already made public a scathing denunciation of Gotti Tedeschi's failings as president, saying he was impeding the bank's efforts to be more financially transparent as the Vatican tries to get on the so-called white list of countries that share financial information.
May 15, 2007 |
After a 10-month search, arts director and administrator Anne Ewers has been named president and CEO of the Kimmel Center. Ewers, who currently holds the same titles at the Utah Symphony and Opera, will take over her new post on July 9. "Anne Ewers has an indefatigable spirit and enormous energy," said Kimmel Center board chairman William P. Hankowsky. Natalye Paquin has served as interim president since Janice Price announced her resignation last summer. Ewers has an exceptional and extensive background both as an administrator, fund-raiser and stage director.
June 19, 1996 |
When summer opera started here, the theater seemed large for the enterprise it housed. Now, 13 years later, the opera itself threatens to burst the walls of the theater and spill into a much wider musical area. The Opera Festival of New Jersey will open its 13th season Saturday with Mozart's Cosi fan tutte. The festival will be starting its most ambitious season while staying within range of its original goal of showcasing young Americans singing in English in repertoire that includes a 20th-century work.
June 20, 2013 |
Tom Kaiden, president of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, is resigning to take a top tourism position in Virginia, the alliance announced. A 12-year staffer with the alliance, Kaiden was named president in 2010 following the death of Peggy Amsterdam at the end of 2009. He will depart July 26. David Devan, alliance board chair and general director of Opera Philadelphia, lauded the "tremendous job" Kaiden has done in Philadelphia. "Over the past 12 years, Tom has provided strategic leadership and entrepreneurial energy," Devan said.
March 22, 1994 |
During an intermission at the Opera Company of Philadelphia's opening of The Magic Flute last week, the city's deputy for cultural affairs, Diane Dalto, gave general director Robert B. Driver a commemorative Liberty Bell. Her presentation cited Driver's "contribution to the city" since taking over the company four seasons ago and largely resolving its fiscal troubles. It also noted Driver's local debut that evening as a stage director. The mood was festive in the Academy of Music ballroom, and patrons laughed when Dalto, handing over the Liberty Bell, told him: "This is a magic bell, like Papageno's, to ward off enemies" - a reference to Papageno's glockenspiel, which in The Magic Flute subdues beasts and humans.
February 9, 2012 |
Opera Company of Philadelphia is announcing more than new programming this week: In addition to a 2012-2013 season that includes old favorites such as Puccini's La Bohème and the local premiere of Thomas Adès' Powder Her Face , the opera company is taking note of sweeping internal developments that will affect what happens onstage. Longtime opera chief Robert B. Driver leaves at the end of the current season but will return to stage individual productions. Music director Corrado Rovaris' contract is renewed through 2016.
October 10, 1993 |
Robert Driver, general director of the Opera Company of Philadelphia, will make his local debut as director in the company's new production of Mozart's The Magic Flute in March. Driver will set the piece in the jungles of his native Brazil, "a kind of Indiana Jones adventure," he said last week, after announcing that he would direct here. It will be the first production built totally in the company's own shop. Directing was what opened Driver's career. He apprenticed and directed at the Bavarian State Opera before returning to America to start a life in administration.