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Incoming General Director; Artistic Planning Director

After enjoying a vibrant operatic career as a lyric soprano on stages throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, California native Khori Dastoor returned home in 2012 to pursue a life in artistic administration. A former Opera San José Principal Artist In Residence, she joined the artistic staff of Opera San José in 2013 as Artistic Advisor to the General Director under Irene Dalis, and currently serves as the Director of Artistic Planning. As such, Ms. Dastoor spearheads the casting for the company, and is responsible for artist recruitment, negotiations, artistic budget management, interdepartmental communication, audition strategy and industry interface.

Liaison to creative teams, city contacts, artist managers and senior staff. Ms. Dastoor also serves as the Associate Director of the Packard Humanities Institute (PHI) responsible for initiatives encompassing arts, music, and archaeology. In this capacity she works closely with PHI’s President and various grantee organizations on a wide-range of collaborative projects involving performance, historical conservation, and digital musicology.

Additionally, Ms. Dastoor is Director of the San Francisco District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She oversees all aspects of SF MONC, including fundraising, strategic planning, administration, marketing, team staffing, volunteer recruitment and oversight, judge selection, community engagement, corporate sponsorships and institutional partnerships. Ms. Dastoor received her Bachelor in Music from New England Conservatory and completed doctoral studies at UCLA, where she was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for the School of Arts and Architecture. Ms. Dastoor lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two young daughters.