Dallas Opera fills artistic post

Dallas Opera fills artistic post


norman lebrecht

June 25, 2014

Ian Derrer is to be artistic administrator, alongshide music director Emmanuel Vuiillaume and chief exec Keith Cerny.

Derrer has done stints at City Opera, Santa Fe and the Lyric Opera, Chicago.


ian derrer

Press release

DALLAS, JUNE 25, 2014 – In the wake of Jonathan Pell’s decision to step down after thirty years of distinguished service to The Dallas OperaGeneral Director & CEO Keith Cerny is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Artistic Administrator, Ian Derrer.

Working closely with Dr. Cerny and Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, the Artistic Administrator will be responsible for supporting the planning and implementation of the company’s programming for future seasons.  Going forward, the leadership team will also include Director of Production John Toia and Technical Director Drew Field.  To ensure continuity, as previously announced, Mr. Pell will continue to serve as Artistic Advisor to the company until the end of the 2016-2017 Season.

Following a comprehensive international search—which attracted nearly fifty highly qualified applicants from the U.S., U.K., Continental Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and Australia—General Director & CEO Keith Cerny has appointed Mr.Derrer to this newly created position.  Mr. Derrer joins TDO from the Lyric Opera of Chicago.


  • Judie Janowski says:

    Congrats, Ian. Another CAMI alum moves up.