14 January 2016

Ryan Taylor, Arizona Opera General Director, Named as Minnesota Opera's New President and General Director

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MINNESOTA OPERA has named Ryan Taylor as its new president and general director. Taylor, who currently serves as the general director of Arizona Opera, begins a five year contract with the Minnesota company on May 1, 2016.

Taylor’s appointment concludes a six-month search by the company’s board to find a successor to Nina Archabal, who, since November 2014, has served as interim general director. Board Chair James E. Johnson said, “We were collectively impressed by Ryan’s progressive vision and proven track record, and are confident we have found the right person to lead and inspire our company and community, and raise Minnesota Opera to the next level of excellence.”

In a statement released by Arizona Opera, the company’s board chairman Robert Tancer said, “We are so thrilled for Ryan. He came to Arizona Opera at such a pivotal moment for us and successfully led the company through such a tumultuous time.  His creation of the Arizona Bold artistic initiative has been a tremendous boon to the company and we look forward to moving forward with the positive momentum he has created.”

Previously, Taylor has worked at ADA Artist Management (artist manager and public relations director), Wolf Trap Opera (manager of community development) and the Berkshire Opera Company (general director). Taylor’s association with Minnesota Opera began in 2000, when he was a member of the Resident Artist Program. Working for more than a decade as a baritone, Taylor sang Sharpless in Minnesota Opera’s 2004 production of Madama Butterfly

Minnesota Opera, founded in 1963, continues its 2015–2016 season with Rusalka (January), Tosca (March) and the world premiere of The Shining, which opens on May 7, one week after Taylor officially takes office. The 2016–2017 season will be announced on January 21. Taylor will commence planning for the 2017–2018 season immediately. spacer 

More information can be found at Minnesota Opera and Arizona Opera.

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