David Bennett, former executive director of the Gotham Chamber Opera, has been named general director of the San Diego Opera.
“David met all of the criteria we were looking for and his artistic strength, infectious love of opera, creativity, vision and collaborative nature was the course we wanted to set for the future of our Company,” said San Diego Opera Board President Carol Lazier. “David’s commitment to diverse audiences and his intrinsic curiosity to find out what makes San Diego so unique was compelling to us.”
Bennett, a baritone, holds master’s degrees in business administration and arts administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He was the managing director of Dance New Amsterdam, Inc. in New York City prior to joining Gotham Chamber Opera.
Bennett is the fourth leader of San Diego Opera, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. He succeeds Ian Campbell (1983-2014), Tito Capobianco (1976-1983), and founder Walter Herbert (1950-1973).
He begins June 15.