Austin Opera Names New Music Director

By David Salazar

Austin Opera has announced that Timothy Myers will be its Sarah and Ernest Butler Music Director.

He will take on the role to start the 2023-24 seaosn; Myers has been the company’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor since 2020, following his previous role as Artistic Advisor from 2018 to 2020.

In his new role as Music Director, Myers will lead the Austin Opera Orchestra, a partnership that began with his conducting debut in 2019 in “Silent Night.” Moreover, Myers will remain a member of the company’s artistic planning team, working alongside General Director and CEO Annie Burridge, Chief Producing Officer Nathan DePoint, and Curator for Hispanic & Latinx Programming Claudia Chapa.

“It has been tremendously rewarding to work alongside Annie, Nate, Claudia, and the entire Austin Opera staff and board over the past five years as we challenge ourselves to curate seasons that celebrate the classics, share stories that are reflective of the community, and innovate the future of our art form,” said Myers in an official press statement. “I am thrilled to continue that work in this expanded role and to also deepen my relationship with the talented musicians of the Austin Opera Orchestra and Chorus. I believe greatly in the future of Austin Opera and look forward to advancing the company’s place amongst the rich arts and cultural offerings in the growing city of Austin and continuing to support our blossoming as a company with international impact. My wife Christina and I recently purchased a second home in Austin and look forward to spending even more time there with our family.”

In 2023-24, he will lead productions of “Pagliacci,” “Carmen,” and “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna.”