Timing worked well for soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird and for Virginia Opera. Their paths had crossed before, and each was seeking something that the other was able to provide.
Until 2016, Virginia Opera had an artistic coordinator and an executive assistant. Even though one of those people had somewhat of an artistic background, President and CEO Russell Allen and Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Adam Turner decided that they needed someone with an even deeper artistic background, particularly an expertise in opera production, to combine the responsibilities of both positions. “It’s nice to have somebody who, for example, is aware of operatic characters,” Allen explains, “who can proofread artist bios and spot any errors in opera titles . . . there’s a myriad list of ‘little things’ that would be second nature to somebody who has the artistic background that we were seeking.”
So, the company reorganized the two jobs into one, that of executive/artistic coordinator.
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