Managing Editor Robert Rimm talks with Opera Philadelphia’s General Director and President David Devan. Their mission is to deliver outstanding productions of traditional and new repertoire that engage the public and propel the genre forward. By presenting innovative programming that speaks to the multicultural Philadelphia region, they broaden and diversify the opera audience. They also identify extraordinary artists, both established and emerging, and provide opportunities for them to create their most imaginative and inspired work.
David Devan joined Opera Philadelphia in 2006 and was appointed general director in 2011. Since his arrival, David has worked closely with the board and administration on strategic planning initiatives and building partnerships within the community and opera world. He guided the company through a transformative period of innovation that led Opera News to call it “one of the leading instigators of new work in the country” and the New York Times to describe Opera Philadelphia as “a hotbed of operatic innovation.”