Following the embarrassment of the George Steel “era” and with only six months to go before the company opens at the Winspear Opera House, the Dallas Opera has promoted from within. Jonathan Pell, who has been with the opera for 24 years, now assumes the role of artistic director, a position last held by co-founder Nicola Rescigno. Pell previously served as the director of artistic administration.
Pell has been with the Dallas Opera for 24 years.
“In an industry that thrives on extraordinary performers, Jonathan has consistently demonstrated the artistic integrity, business acumen and day-to-day personal commitment that makes him one of the best in the business,” Dallas Opera President Dr. Kern Wildenthal said in a news release.
The company is still searching for a new general director to replace Steel, who left in January to become general manager of the New York City Opera.