Santa Fe Opera General Director Submits (Eventual) Resignation

Funny seeing this as I am in New Mexico …

By Matthew Westphal
August 9, 2007

Richard Gaddes, who has served as Santa Fe Opera’s general director for a decade, has asked the company’s board of directors to begin searching for his successor.

The company announced the news yesterday following the board’s August meeting. Gaddes has not set a firm resignation date, agreeing to remain on the job until a new general director is hired.

“After much reflection, I’ve concluded that the time is right to begin active succession planning,” he told the board. “I have reached age 65, and the company is in a strong artistic and fiscal position. During my immensely rewarding career here, Santa Fe has become my home, and I intend to remain involved with the Opera for as long as it takes to ensure a smooth transition.”


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