Charles MacKay to Step Down as Santa Fe Opera’s General Director Following 2018 Season

11 August 2017

, general director of Santa Fe Opera, has announced his intention to step down from his post at the conclusion of its 2018 season, the company announced today. 

At the company’s most recent quarterly board meeting, MacKay requested that Santa Fe Opera’s board of directors begin to plan for a leadership transition slated to occur at the end of next season. Only the third general director in the company’s history, MacKay, 67, will have spent a decade in his post by the time he concludes his tenure. 

“Next season marks fifty years for my career in opera, including two decades with the Santa Fe Opera and ten years as General Director here,” MacKay wrote in a letter to patrons. “As I hope you know, this company has been dear to me since my first Youth Night performance of Die Fledermaus at the age of nine. After that unforgettable evening I was hooked, and thus began a lifelong love affair with the Santa Fe Opera, where I started as a 13-year-old parking lot attendant and went on to positions with the orchestra, backstage, and in the business office. Returning home to lead this company was an incredible honor, and I am deeply grateful as I reflect on my years here.”

Santa Fe Opera’s board has established a search committee to find MacKay’s successor and appointed Susan G. Marineau, president of Santa Fe Opera’s board, and Sarah Billinghurst Solomon as its co-chairs. The company’s 2019 season has already been planned, and, according to a statement by MacKay, planning for the 2020 season is nearly complete. 

“Charles’ tenure at Santa Fe Opera has been remarkable,” Marineau said in a statement issued today on behalf of the board. “Considering the company’s unwavering artistic excellence, sound financial stability, vast improvement in facilities, and symbiotic relationship between Board and…

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