Lyric Opera Of Chicago Names New Chief Development Officer

By Francisco Salazar

Elizabeth Hurley will join the Lyric Opera of Chicago as its new chief development officer. 

The company announced that Hurley will be stepping into the role on March 1, 2018. Known internationally as a fundraising professional, Hurley has held development roles at The Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Opera, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and is currently vice president for development and public affairs at the world-renowned Juilliard School.

 General director, president & CEO Anthony Freud noted in a press release, “Elizabeth comes to us with tremendous expertise, vision, and energy. I am thrilled that she will be joining the Lyric team.”

The Lyric Opera’s current chief development officer Mary Ladish Selander also noted, “I’ve known and respected Elizabeth for over two decades, and consider her one of the best in the field today. As I have chosen to begin my transition from leading Lyric’s development division to becoming a consultant for the organization through my own firm, I simply can’t think of a candidate more fully qualified to take on one of the company’s most crucial roles.”

The Lyric Opera of Chicago is currently holding performances of “Turandot” until January before opening its production of “I Puritani” in February starring Lawrence Brownlee and Albina Shagimuratova.