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Nationally Acclaimed Director Shawna Lucey Announced As General Director & CEO

After conducting an extensive national search, we could not be more delighted in welcoming Shawna Lucey to launch our next chapter at Opera San José.

When we began this process five months ago, we knew we were looking for a charismatic leader whose passion and vision would help us continue to grow and expand upon the incredible work and programs OSJ has to offer.

Shawna more than fits the bill — her experience directing productions at America’s leading opera houses, her passion for infusing new resonance into classics, and her crystalline view of vibrant contemporary works will be enormous assets, propelling our company into a thrilling future.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Opera San José family as the next General Director. OSJ’s vibrant energy, support for emerging talent, and artistic excellence drew me to the company as a stage director in 2018. It is now my honor to carry forward the mission of this innovative company into our operatic future.”

Shawna Lucey

Incoming General Director and CEO

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“This is an exciting moment in our company’s history. The creativity and energy that Shawna brings to her work is incredibly inspiring, and I am very much looking forward to collaborating with her in the coming months and years. Her approach of exciting innovation, a healthy respect for tradition, and steadfast commitment to artistic excellence makes her absolutely ideal for this post, and I think our audiences will be thrilled to see what she brings to our stage and to our whole community.”

Joseph Marcheso

Music Director

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Shawna is ” someone who will help keep opera a vibrant part of our community and region. She’s someone who makes opera fun to think about and to do.”

“I consider myself an evangelist for the art form. I want every person on the street to know that opera is for them. Come, we want you to be part of our community. Come to this party.”

“Lucey’s appointment casts fresh luster on one of the region’s leading opera companies…. With her appointment, Opera San José takes another step forward for women in the arts.”

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