LA Opera Has Announced New Leader

By Francisco Salazar

L.A. Opera’s board of directors has announced that Christopher Koelsch will take over Plácido Domingo’s position as CEO and President of the company eliminating the position of General Director.

Koelsch has been the Marybelle and Paul Musco President and CEO of the company since 2012 and previously held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since 2010. He was also Vice President for Artistic Planning. For many years, he was part of a triumvirate alongside Domingo and Music director James Conlon in overseeing the artistic vision for the company. In his time with the LA Opera, Koelsch has overseen the creation of over 40 new productions and six world premieres.

The LA Opera board told the LA Times, “We are fortunate to be able to centralize our management structure… under a leader like Christopher, whose vision, compassion and dedicated commitment to further expand opera’s presence in Southern California we fully support.

Koelsch, in a letter to the staff of L.A. Opera stated “I am committed to a vigorous process of reflection and reform. It is imperative that we foster a positive environment that meets the needs of employees as well as the company. We will fall short of our goals unless every member of our community feels heard, valued and respected. I am committed to ensuring that they do.”

The appointment comes a few days after Domingo resigned after 20 women accused him of sexual misconduct. Domingo has received full support from the Opera world and the world-class singer recently announced he will return to Mexico to celebrate his 60th anniversary.