After one 4 months at the helm of the Dallas Opera, George Steel is leaving to become the new director at the New York City Opera.
Prior to coming to Dallas, Steel had been the director of the Miller Theater in New York for 11 years. He had no experience running an opera company, but appeared to be up to the challenge.
When I talked to him in late October, Steel, who has family ties to Hopkins County, was excited to guiding the Dallas company as it left the State Fair Music Hall and moved into the new Winspear Opera House in the Dalls arts district.
According to various media sources, rumors have been swirling since early December about Steel's possible departure. Although he denied being interested, he evidently had a change of heart during the Christmas holidays.
Here's a link to the NY City Opera's blog ... with a brief statement by Steel and a link to their press release.
Hopefully, I'll get a chance to talk to Steel, who had recently been to Sulphur Springs to visit with his cousins, for a statement ... I've followed the New York City Opera (along with the more famous Metropolitan Opera) for years through The New Yorker Magazine. City Opera has gone through some rough times recently. Maybe Steel is the man to help them turn it around and stay afloat during these tough economic times.
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