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San Diego Opera hires David Bennett as new general director
San Diego Opera hires David Bennett as new general director

In a surprise move that signals an eagerness to take risks and overhaul its conservative image, San Diego Opera has plucked a prominent figure from New York's experimental and avant-garde music scene to be its general director. David Bennett, the executive director of the Gotham Chamber Opera, has been named general director of the San Diego company, its board of directors announced Wednesday. He will start his new job June 15 and will oversee all aspects of the company's operations but will focus primarily on artistic development, the opera said. His appointment comes when San Diego Opera is rebounding from turmoil. Last year, after the venerated company announced it would...

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