US opera chief quits two jobs for love

US opera chief quits two jobs for love


norman lebrecht

February 27, 2017

Matt Buckman is stepping down as general director both of Fresno Grand Opera and of Modesto Townsend Opera.

The two companies share productions and staff while maintaining separate governing boards.

Buckman has been in charge at Modesto for nine years and at Fresno for two. He is leaving for personal reasons – his fiancée, Deleana Quan, lives in Sacramento and that’s just too far to commute from his two jobs.

Love triumphs again over opera.



  • esfir ross says:

    Lame excuse-Sacramento’s not awfully far. Both towns of highway 99. Easy to commute.
    The opera companies’re has little significance, so little money.