Seattle Opera Names New Director of Development

By David Salazar

Seattle Opera has appointed Shannon Rolbiecki to the position of Director of Development, effective Dec. 12, 2022.

“I’m thrilled to join the team at Seattle Opera,” said Rolbiecki in an official press statement. “To work in support of an art form I love for an organization of such quality and integrity is beyond exciting. The arts are still in recovery, but for organizations with strong, creative teams and incredible programming, there is great opportunity. I see this at Seattle Opera. I look forward to helping move the organization forward into its next phase of development.”

Rolbiecki previously worked as the Senior Director of Advancement for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; per the press statement, “she was responsible for a portfolio of more than $3 million dollars in annual contributed revenue, as well as the $139 million ‘A Grand Future’ campaign.” She also worked as Director of Campaign & Leadership Gifts with the company between 2018-19 and was also the Director of Individual Giving between 2017-18.

She also served as the Director of Development, Marketing, & Communications at the Tacoma Art Museum and led the creation of a cohesive development and marketing strategy.

She also held the position of Director of Development with PAVE between 2016-17 and also worked with John Michael Kohler Arts Center between 2012-15.

Next up for Seattle Opera are performances of “Samson et Delilah” starring J’Nai Bridges and Yonghoon Lee on Jan. 20 and 22, 2023.