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21 March 2019

Seattle Opera Names Christina Scheppelmann, Artistic Director of Barcelona’s Liceu, as its Next General Director

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Christina Scheppelmann, Seattle Opera's next general director

SEATTLE OPERA ANNOUNCED TODAY that it has named Christina Scheppelmann, currently artistic director of Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, as its next general director. 

Scheppelmann, who will be just the fourth director in Seattle Opera’s six-decade history, will assume her post at the Pacific Northwest company in August 2019. She replaces Aidan Lang, who is departing Seattle at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season to become general director of Welsh National Opera. 

“When we reached out to luminaries in the opera world, Christina Scheppelmann’s name kept coming up from all angles as being someone we needed to talk to,” John Nesholm, Seattle Opera’s board chair and co-chair of its search committee, said in a statement issued today. “She brings incredible experience and knowledge of singers, directors, and productions from three continents.”

“For many years, I have admired Seattle Opera and attended performances here regularly when I was working at San Francisco Opera,” Scheppelmann said. “In my experience, there’s a unique enthusiasm, an engaged and dedicated audience that’s always felt special at Seattle Opera.”

As artistic leader of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Scheppelmann oversees more than 130 opera, classical music and dance performances at the house each year. During her time in Barcelona, Scheppelmann’s accomplishments have included a new staging of Elektra coproduced with the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, the Finnish National Opera, and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. She has also brought artists to the house that include tenor Jonas Kaufmann; director Terry Gilliam, who staged a production of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini; and composer Luca Francesconi for the Spainish premiere of Quartett.

Scheppelmann previously served as the first general director of the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman and, prior to that, as director of artistic operations at Washington National Opera, where, during an eleven-year tenure, Scheppelmann directed the company’s artistic planning in with then general director Plácido Domingo. 

Scheppelmann joined San Francisco Opera in 1994 after having been recruited by then general director Lotfi Mansouri. During her time in San Francisco, she was responsible for season planning, hiring artists and creative teams and building collaborative relationships within the industry. Her tenure there also saw the presentation of two major world premieres by the company — Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking (2000)and André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire (1995). 

After completing a banking degree in Germany, Scheppelmann left her home country in 1988 to begin work at an artist management agency in Milan. spacer

More information can be found at Seattle Opera.



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