Minnesota Opera has appointed a new president and general director. Ryan Taylor, 43, comes to the position from Arizona Opera, based in Phoenix.
An alumnus of the Minnesota Resident Artist Program, Taylor has sung with the company in several productions. “He is an opera artist of the first order, a skilled executive and a respected leader in our field,” the opera’s board chair, James Johnson, said in a statement.
Taylor, who assumes the role May 1, is credited with rescuing the Arizona company’s finances through strong fundraising. The troupe operates on an annual budget of about $6 million, compared to the Minnesota Opera’s expenses of roughly $9.5 million a year.
Taylor’s hiring is the result of a six-month search and a longer period of administrative difficulty for the opera. While the company rightly has gained artistic notice for its recent record of launching new work, it has struggled in the office since Kevin Smith, who is now CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra, retired as president in 2011.
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