… and he’s a young’un!:
In a surprising and possibly controversial move, the San Francisco Opera has named Matthew Shilvock, a longtime deputy to general director David Gockley, to lead the company when Gockley steps down at the end of July. He will be the seventh general director in the company’s 93-year history.
In signing Shilvock, 38, to a five-year contract, the Opera has made a choice that emphasizes continuity in the company’s leadership over experience or a proven track record. Over the course of his decade in San Francisco, Shilvock has taken an active role in just about every aspect of the company’s activities, from artistic planning and labor negotiations to financial development and educational outreach. But this will be his first time at the helm of an opera company. He is currently the company’s associate general director.