October 1, 2019

Press Release: Daniel Biaggi Joins Portland Opera as Interim Artistic Director

Portland Opera is pleased to announce that Daniel Biaggi, outgoing general director at Palm Beach Opera, and artistic advisor to the Atkins Young Artist Program at the Mariinsky Theatre, will join the company this fall in a newly established role as interim artistic director.

“I am so excited to welcome Daniel to Portland Opera as an artistic leader and strategic partner,” says Sue Dixon, interim general director. “He has a proven commitment to the beauty and breadth of this amazing art form and brings a passionate and informed perspective to the challenges that our company faces. The future of Portland Opera will shine brighter as a result of his collaborations with us.”

Daniel Biaggi is an award-winning, creative, and internationally connected opera executive, and founder of Daniel Biaggi Consulting. During his tenure as general director of Palm Beach Opera, he was instrumental in the company’s financial, organizational, and artistic turnaround. He continues to serve as strategic & artistic advisor to Palm Beach Opera, and to the Atkins Young Artists Program at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. A graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Executive Education Program, he also holds a post-graduate and master’s degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music, a bachelor of music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a certificate of musicology from the University of Berne, Switzerland. To learn more about Daniel Biaggi, visit www.danielbiaggiconsulting.com.

“I’m thrilled and most grateful to join Portland Opera, and work with Sue, the Board and Staff, and the whole Portland Opera family during this time of renewal and growth for the company,” said Daniel Biaggi. “The dedication of the Board and company to have gone through a strategic analysis is inspiring. I’m excited to help implement the resulting new strategic plan, in order to, among other aspects, find an increasingly exciting mix between operatic internationalism and strong local connection to Portland’s artistic and overall community.”

Biaggi’s work with Portland Opera will include a focus on artistic planning for the next two seasons, an artistic leadership role for the current season, and collaborating with the company to plan and execute a search for a permanent artistic director. “Daniel’s vision and wealth of expertise will help steward the artistic mission of our company,” explains Curtis T. Thompson, MD, president of Portland Opera’s board of directors. “Our plan is to have a permanent artistic director in place by the start of the of 2022/23 season, which gives us time to conduct a meaningful and inclusive national search. We are grateful to Daniel for joining our team during this time, and look forward to welcoming him to Portland during Madama Butterfly.”

Portland Opera’s 2019/20 season opens on Friday, October 25th at the Keller Auditorium, with Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Tickets and subscriptions are available now. The company’s touring educational production of Puccini’s La Bohème can be seen and heard around the region in schools and community centers through December.

About Portland Opera 

Portland Opera exists to inspire, challenge, and uplift our audiences by creating productions of high artistic quality that celebrate the beauty and breadth of opera.

Since 1964, Portland Opera has contributed to the cultural, artistic, and economic landscape of the city and region that we love. We celebrate the beauty and breadth of the opera repertoire with performances that take place in the Keller Auditorium, Newmark Theatre, and the Gregory K. and Mary Chomenko Hinckley Studio Theatre at the Hampton Opera Center. The company is also a committed educational partner, touring fully staged operas to schools and community centers throughout Oregon and SW Washington region each year, in addition to a host of other efforts designed to make opera accessible for all.

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Silja Tobin, Marketing & Communications Manager
Portland Opera