6 April 2018

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Names Andrew Jorgensen, Interim Executive Director at Washington National Opera, as Next General Director

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OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS announced today that it has named Andrew Jorgensen, currently the interim executive director at Washington National Opera, as its next general director. 

Jorgensen, 34, will be just the fourth general director in OTSL's history and succeeds Timothy O'Leary, who in September was named as Washington National Opera's next general director and will assume that post as of July 1, 2018. Jorgensen's appointment was announced by OTSL board chairman Noémi Neidorff after an unanimous decision by the company's executive committee. 

Jorgensen is the Director of Artistic Planning and Operations at Washington National Opera (WNO) at the Kennedy Center, and has served during the current season as the company's interim executive director following the departure last summer of Michael L. Mael. Jorgensen arrived at WNO in 2012 at the invitation of the company’s artistic director Francesca Zambello. During his WNO tenure, Jorgensen has worked on the company's first complete Ring cycles in 2016; the revised world premiere of Philip Glass's Appomattox; the east coast premieres of Jake Heggie's Moby-Dick and Terence Blanchard Champion; and several new productions, including stagings of La Bohème, Dead Man Walking and Aida. He has also championed the creation of new American operas through the company's American Opera Initiative program. He has also introduced WNO initiatives to broaden access to opera by high school students in the DC area and through the company's Young Associates program. 

“It is a privilege to join the extraordinary team at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis,” Jorgensen said in a statement issued today by the company. “I am humbled to be following in the footsteps of Timothy O’Leary, Charles MacKay, and Richard Gaddes, and I am grateful to the search committee and the Board for the opportunity to join the vibrant St. Louis community. I was enchanted when I first visited OTSL in 2013 and I have since returned to the festival every season to experience both the thrill of extraordinary performances and the warm hospitality of the enthusiastic and thoughtful community of opera-lovers in St. Louis. I look forward to partnering with the entire OTSL family — including the talented staff, generous supporters, dedicated volunteers, intrepid audience, and visionary artistic leaders James Robinson and Stephen Lord. Together, I am confident that we will continue to rise to the challenges of inspiring audiences and shaping opera for a changing future.”  

In his new role, Jorgensen will oversee all of OTSL's administrative and artistic activities, including planning future seasons, casting singers, and hiring conductors, directors and other artistic staff; he will work closely with OTSL artistic director James Robinson and the company's music director emeritus Stephen Lord.

Jorgensen joined Washington National Opera in 2012 after having spent five seasons on the artistic staff of The Metropolitan Opera. He began his career as an assistant artist manager in the vocal division of Columbia Artist Management. Jorgensen received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and holds an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business. He currently sits on the board of the William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation, which supports young singers with career development grants for professional training. spacer 

More information can be found at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

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