David Gockley to leave San Francisco Opera in 2016

October 3, 2014 7:03 PM

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David Gockley to leave San Francisco Opera in 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -- The changing of the guard has been announced: David Gockley will step down as general director of San Francisco Opera, though not quite yet. One of the most influential American impresarios -- commissioner of new operas, technology innovator, smart businessman -- he will leave his post in July 2016, after his tenth season with the company.

"It will have been enough," he said in an interview prior to Friday's official announcement at War Memorial Opera House. "I think it's really good for an organization like this one -- a mature organization -- to have a change every ten years or so."

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