Opera hires new artistic adviser
SAN DIEGO - The revived San Diego Opera announced Friday that former Lyric Opera of Chicago director William Mason has been hired as an artistic adviser.
The San Diego Opera
, which announced plans to cease operations earlier this year because of financial problems, reversed course recently and is set to stage a 2015 season.
The opera company cut ties with then-CEO Ian Campbell and several board members.
Mason held several positions with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and was director for 14 years until he retired in 2011.
Earlier in his
worked in San Francisco and helped stage three shows in San Diego.
"Bill Mason's reputation in the world of opera is second to none," said Carol Lazier, president of the San Diego Opera Board of Directors.
was aware of the San Diego Opera's
"difficult and traumatic few months," and was flattered to be asked to join the company during "a challenging and transitional period."