Seattle Opera Announces Next Director of Development

By David Salazar

Seattle Opera has announced that Chris Burkett will be its next Director of Development.

Burkett assumed the role in October 2023 and has been with the company since 2018 when he was hired as an Individual Giving Officer. Then in 2021, he took over the role of Associate Director of Development for Individual Giving.

“I am honored to be entrusted with this new responsibility and excited for what Seattle Opera has in store for the future,” said Burkett in an official press statement issued by the company. “I have worked with great mentors here and have grown my career alongside our supporters, developing a deep appreciation for Seattle Opera’s history and what it means to our community. Seattle Opera is well positioned for success, and I’m eager to play my part in helping move the company forward into its next chapter.”

“Chris has grown immensely as a leader during his time with Seattle Opera,” added Christina Scheppelmann, General Director of the Seattle Opera. “He has risen to the challenge and demonstrated that he’s more than capable of thriving in this new role. His long track record has earned him the trust, respect, and support of his department, our donors, our board members, and the rest of the Seattle Opera staff. I’m excited to see what he accomplishes next.”