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After 31 years of artistic excellence and inspirational leadership, General Director Speight Jenkins passes the baton to Aidan Lang this summer. We invite you to watch our latest video in which both gentlemen discuss the key role audiences play in our continued success.





Aidan Lang, respected in the opera community for positions of leadership with New Zealand Opera, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, the Buxton Festival and Opera Zuid, has been named Seattle Opera's third General Director effective September 1, 2014. Lang succeeds Speight Jenkins, who has led the company for more than three decades. Founded in 1963, Seattle Opera celebrates its 50th Anniversary beginning with the August 2013 production of Wagner's Ring and culminating with the 2014 International Wagner Competition and 50th Anniversary Concert and Speight Celebration in August 2014. One of America's leading opera companies, Seattle Opera is recognized internationally for its theatrically compelling and musically accomplished performances, especially the company's interpretations of the works of Richard Wagner with an astonishing 38 cycles of the Ring in three different productions presented since 1975. Called "the leading North American Wagner house" by Joseph Horowitz in Classical Music in America and "one of the great Wagner shrines of the world" by the Wall Street Journal, the Company has achieved the highest per capita attendance of any major opera company in the United States and draws operagoers from four continents and 50 states.

Announcing the appointment, John Nesholm, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said, "On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the search committee, I want to welcome Aidan Lang to Seattle Opera. All of us are extremely confident that Aidan is the right choice to lead the Company into a new era, building on the incredible artistic successes of predecessors Speight Jenkins and Glynn Ross. Aidan's exciting combination of artistic, theatrical and business experience, matched with the enormous potential of our company and its people, suggest a very exciting future for Seattle Opera."

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