San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley to Retire in July 2016

October 4, 2014 1:41 AM

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San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley and San Francisco Opera Association President Keith Geeslin today announced that Gockley will retire in July 2016, concluding a ten-year, seven-month tenure with the Company and capping an internationally acclaimed and award-winning career spanning 44 years as one of America's most prominent opera impresarios. Gockley, who will be 73 at the end of the 2015-16 season, became the Company's sixth general director when he joined San Francisco Opera in January 2006. Today's announcement was made at a War Memorial Opera House press conference.

"When I was appointed San Francisco Opera's general director, I set out to carry forth the growth and success of the Company for no more than ten full seasons, and this plan has not changed," stated Gockley. "I also believe this is an opportunity to give the public, board of directors and staff a ne...

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