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William D. Mason

General Director

Lyric Opera

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Lyric Opera

20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 840

Chicago, Illinois,60606

United States

Company Description

Lyric Opera of Chicago, founded in 1954, is one of the world's greatest opera companies. It is renowned internationally for its artistic excellence and financial strength. Over the past two decades the company has achieved unparalleled success in its ticket sa... more

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Distinguished Service Award - Phi Beta Kappa Association of Chicago

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1 Ottobre 2013 - 30 Settembre 2014 - Trasmissione radio WFMT Speciale Centenario

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Former General Director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, William Mason


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William Mason, the former general director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, is coming to San Diego
William Mason came out of a well-earned retirement - he spent more than 50 years in the opera business - to guide the troubled opera company towards stability. "I've had such a wonderful career in opera, it was a chance to give something back," Mason said. Mason says he was interested in the gig because it was not just about helping on the artistic side, despite the title. He says he realized the company needed someone with general director experience as well. In addition to helping flesh out the 2015 season, the opera's 50th anniversary, and offer direction on the operas already booked for 2016, Mason will advise the board on how to govern the newly organized company and weigh in on financials and fundraising until a new general director is appointed. That person, says Mason, needs to have a fresh outlook. "They need somebody new," Mason explained. "I'm 72 years old. I have no new ideas, and I'm not trying to formulate any." Mason's salary has not yet been determined. Right now he's being paid expenses while he and the opera assess the scope of his duties. Mason says transparency is important and as soon as they decide a figure, "I have no qualms about that being out in the open." But Mason says the challenges facing San Diego Opera were part of what made the new post appealing enough to draw him out of retirement. He also liked the idea of helping the company's newly configured and much smaller board find better ways to govern. "They're energized and committed," said Mason.


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Former Lyric Opera head William Mason, here in a 2004 image.
Former Lyric Opera head William Mason, here in a 2004 image. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune / December 13, 2004) William Mason, the retired general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, has been named to the newly created position of artistic adviser to the embattled San Diego Opera, the company announced Friday. Mason, 72, was hired to assist the production department in repertory and casting, explore economies and efficiencies with the staff and help guide fundraising. "They want me to help guide the company though the next season or two," Mason said in a telephone interview from San Diego.


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William Mason, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago where he spent 15 years as general director. He came out of retirement to guide the San Diego Opera to a more stable future.
William Mason, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago where he spent 15 years as general director. He came out of retirement to guide the San Diego Opera to a more stable future. William Mason came out of a well-earned retirement - he spent more than 50 years in the opera business - to guide the troubled opera company towards stability. "I've had such a wonderful career in opera, it was a chance to give something back," Mason said. Mason says he was interested in the gig because it was not just about helping on the artistic side, despite the title. He says he realized the company needed someone with general director experience as well. In addition to helping flesh out the 2015 season, the opera's 50th anniversary, and offer direction on the operas already booked for 2016, Mason will advise the board on how to govern the newly organized company and weigh in on financials and fundraising until a new general director is appointed. That person, says Mason, needs to have a fresh outlook. "They need somebody new," Mason explained. "I'm 72 years old. Mason says transparency is important and as soon as they decide a figure, "I have no qualms about that being out in the open." But Mason says the challenges facing San Diego Opera were part of what made the new post appealing enough to draw him out of retirement. He also liked the idea of helping the company's newly configured and much smaller board find better ways to govern. "They're energized and committed," said Mason. "The old board had not provided the oversight a board should, otherwise the company would not have found itself in the situation it did," Mason said, referring to the former board's decision to close the opera company in the face of dwindling financial resources. The board members who have resigned say they believe the honorable path was to close down and pay off the company's debts. Mason disagrees. "The honorable thing to do would have been to plow forward and find a way to stay open," said Mason. "Bill Mason's reputation in the world of opera is second to none," she said in a statement.


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