New Zealand Appoints New General Director

By Francisco Salazar

New Zealand Opera has appointed Thomas de Mallet Burgess as its General Director.

Burgess joins the company after five years with Perth-based company Lost & Found, whose mission is to present unusual operas in found spaces that speak to the resonance of the work. Throughout the years he has established an international reputation for directing award-winning opera and leading ground-breaking research in opera performer training. He has directed a number of works for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Ireland and Wexford Festival Opera.

Burgess said in a press release, “I am excited by the challenge of leading a national opera company and providing the artistic vision necessary to broaden the reach and relevancy of the art form and grow a new diverse audience through a balance of innovative and traditional approaches. New Zealand Opera has a high reputation in the international world of opera and I am committed to enhancing that position by leading from New Zealand.”

Burgees will take up the position of General Director on July 16, 2018, and will work alongside the Board to finalize the Company’s existing plans for 2019. He succeeds Stuart Maunder, who will become the Artistic Director of State Opera South Australia.