The Dallas Opera Extends Contracts of General & Music Directors, Adds New Members to Board of Directors

By David Salazar

The Dallas Opera has announced that it will be extending the contracts of general director and CEO Ian Derrer and music director Emmanuel Villaume through the 2025-26 season.

“Ian Derrer is a visionary and transformative leader, and has brought the Dallas Opera to new creative heights and broader audiences throughout the Dallas region during his tenure so far. It gives me great pleasure to, on behalf of the entire Board, extend his contract for five years,” said Board Chair Ann Stuart in a press release.

“I’m delighted to announce Maestro Villaume’s contract extension,” Derrer said about Villaume’s extension. “Over the past nine seasons, he has brought his musicality, sensitivity, and passion for our artform to Dallas, and we are simply thrilled that he will be with us for five more years. As for myself, it’s a joy to lead this Company, and I am grateful to the Board for their continued faith in our partnership for the next five years.”

The company also unveiled the appointment of two new members to the Board of Directors as well as a new membership to the Executive Committee. Quincy Roberts, CEO of Roberts Trucking will be a new Director while Augustine “Tino” Jalomo of the Dallas Arts and Culture Advisory Commission will join the Board as an ex-officio member. Alice Bass, Davis Hamlin, Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, and James R. Seitz, Jr. were named Honorary Directors.

Finally, Cynthia Floyd, Linda VanSickle Smith, and Martha Wells were welcomed as new members of the Executive Committee.