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San Diego Opera today (May 30) named William Mason as artistic advisor. He was general director of Lyric Opera, Chicago's prestigious company, from 1997 to 2011, when he retired.

At the newly restructured San Diego Opera, he will work with the production department on repertoire and casting, while helping the administrative staff find economies and efficiencies, giving guidance in fundraising and governance.

San Diego Opera will begin a search shortly for a new permanent general director.

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Don Bauder May 31, 2014 @ 1:44 p.m.

shirleyberan: Oh yes. This is an excellent move. (As an aside, my wife and I started our 52-year spree watching opera in 1962 at Lyric Opera in Chicago. We had season tickets in the highest, most remote section of the house. I think they were $2.50 each.) Best, Don Bauder


shirleyberan May 31, 2014 @ 2:48 p.m.

Don - That is lovely and sweet. I like balcony, so romantic.


Don Bauder June 1, 2014 @ 3:10 p.m.

shirleyberan: It is a tender memory for both of us. Best, Don Bauder


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