David Devan, General Director and President of Opera Philadelphia: Innovation that Broadens and Diversifies Audiences

October 15, 2020

Hosted by Robert Rimm

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Managing Editor Robert Rimm talks with Opera Philadelphia’s General Director and President David Devan. Their mission is to deliver outstanding productions of traditional and new repertoire that engage the public and propel the genre forward. By presenting innovative programming that speaks to the multicultural Philadelphia region, they broaden and diversify the opera audience. They also identify extraordinary artists, both established and emerging, and provide opportunities for them to create their most imaginative and inspired work.

David joined Opera Philadelphia in January 2006 and was appointed general director of the company in 2011. Since his arrival, he has worked closely with the board and administration on strategic planning initiatives and building partnerships within the community and opera world. David guided the company through a transformative period of innovation that led Opera News to describe it as “one of the leading instigators of new work in the country” and The New York Times to call it “a hotbed of operatic innovation.” Under his leadership and artistic vision, Opera Philadelphia has grown to become a company of international stature and a favorite co-producing partner with companies all over the globe, developing fresh productions of classic works as well as premieres written by today’s leading composers. The company established the annual Festival O in 2017, launching each season with an immersive 12-day festival featuring multiple operatic happenings in venues throughout the city.