Breaking: New Canadian Opera chief is Texan

Heads were scratched when Perryn Leech quit Houston Grand Opera last week after 13 years as managing director.

Now all can be revealed.

Perryn has been headhunted as the new boss of Canadian Opera Company, succeeding Alexander Neef who has flitted off to Paris. The new guy started his career at English National Opera, followed by the Edinburgh Festival and Glyndebourne.

 

 

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  • Well, he’s a Brit in Texas. Ex-lighting designer, and back stage chief done good! Big shows to fill in Toronto. So happy for him. But sad for David Devan who must have been in consideration

  • He is not Texan, Perryn was born and brought up in the UK. Sure he has worked in Houston for a while but basically from Opera 80, Opera North, English National Opera and Welsh National Opera then Houston – and now Canada.

  • Either job is iffy in the era of Covid, so with possible unemployment on the horizon for anyone in the music world, he probably decided to work in a country where he wouldn’t be left without actual health care…

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