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18 July 2016

Stewart Pearce, Former Metropolitan Opera Guild Managing Director, has Died

Brooklyn, NY, June 1, 1951—New York, NY, July 17, 2016

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STEWART PEARCE, the managing director of the Metropolitan Opera Guild from 2010 to 2015, has died after a brief illness.  

Pearce devoted virtually his entire career to two arts organizations that were intimately connected—the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Opera Guild—and over a period of almost forty years his service to both institutions was distinguished, marked by intelligence, acumen and a rare degree of discretion. 

Pearce came to the Metropolitan Opera Guild in February 1976, as an intern from the Arts Management master’s program at NYU, where he received his master’s degree in 1977. He was hired full-time at the Guild in July 1976 and was named the Guild’s director of membership in 1979. When the membership program moved to the Met in 1982, Pearce continued to manage it as the Metropolitan Opera’s assistant development director. Two years later, he became the Met’s director of planning and budgets, overseeing the company’s operations, box office, marketing and finance. In 1997, he was named an assistant manager of the Met by general manager Joseph Volpe. During this period of his Met career, Pearce worked on the original development of Tessitura, the customer database created by the Met and launched in 2000, which is now used for fundraising and marketing by hundreds of arts organizations around the world.

In 2006, Pearce was appointed as the Met’s assistant manager for operations by general manager Peter Gelb. In this role, Pearce was involved with the Met’s long-range financial planning, budgeting, season planning, box office, audience development, educational outreach, presentations, merchandising and external relations.

In 2010, Pearce returned to the Metropolitan Opera Guild as its managing director, while continuing his role at the Met until 2014. He retired as the Guild’s managing director in 2015. 

Pearce is survived by his husband, Kevin Kellogg. spacer 

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