Calgary Opera announces Keith Cerny as new General Director and CEO

"...we wanted to find a candidate that could champion and manage a multitude of areas, primarily artistically...also with business acumen and the ability to grow the organization”

Keith Cerny
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Calgary Opera has announced the appointment of a new General Director and CEO, effective January, 2018. Dr. Keith Cerny will come to Calgary in January from The Dallas Opera, where he acted as General Director and CEO from 2010 until present.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Keith Cerny to the position of Calgary Opera’s General Director and CEO,” said Michael Brown, Chair of the Calgary Opera Board of Directors. “After an exhaustive international search for the right candidate to take Calgary Opera to next level of growth, we believe we have found the perfect candidate in Keith, given his wealth of experience from an artistic, business and operational standpoint.”

Keith joined The Dallas Opera (TDO) in 2010 as General Director & CEO and “set out to transform [this] dowager duchess [of a company] into a blooming, energetic youth” (Classical Voice America). In his time at Dallas, Keith worked with the Dallas Opera’s Board of Directors and opera staff to stabilize the company’s finances and significantly grow the endowment, leading to five consecutive balanced operating results – the first time TDO has achieved this result in 23 years.

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