Vancouver Opera General Director Steps Down

By Francisco Salazar

Vancouver Opera general director Kim Gaynor is stepping down from the company.

Gaynor decided to step down due to “divergence of opinion” with the board about the future growth of the company.

In a statement released Monday, Gaynor said she and the board came to a “mutual decision that it was best to part ways at this time.” she will leave on Nov. 1, 2019.

As a result, Tom Wright will take over as interim general director.

In a statement board chair Bill Maclagan said, “We at Vancouver Opera are excited about our first-class opera program and that will continue. We are also excited about continuing to develop and expand our many community engagement and educational initiatives. The board is committed to finding a sound business model to support these activities and the organization’s future growth.”

Gaynor joined the opera company three years ago and was given the challenge of moving the company from a traditional season model to a festival with a number of events during a concentrated period in the spring.

The Vancouver Opera showcases three works this season including “The Barber of Seville,” “Another Brick in the Wall,” and “Vox.”