England made me, says SanFran Opera’s new boss

England made me, says SanFran Opera’s new boss


norman lebrecht

November 10, 2015

From an Opera News interview with Matthew Shilvock:

My first opera was at age thirteen, I think. It was one of Graham Vick’s Birmingham Opera productions, which was a contemporary Beauty and the Beast opera, but it was done in a very immersive way, as Graham does so well.

I grew up with Welsh National Opera, which they would tour to Birmingham, in that wonderful system that England has. By the time I got to Oxford, I had developed a real passion for opera. And while I was at Oxford, I developed a passion for arts administration—I felt that was a very noble pursuit to be going into, and one that energized me. It was an almost masochistic desire to solve the most complicated jigsaw puzzle possible—all of these pieces that have to come together perfectly for the curtain to go up and the show to go on.

In this Sept. 9, 2015 photo released by The San Francisco Opera, new General Director Designate Matthew Shilvock at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. Shilvock will succeed David Gockley as general director of the San Francisco Opera on Aug. 1, 2016, after serving as associate general director since 2010. (Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera via AP)

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