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Opera Boston Director Will Move To Children's Museum

Opera Boston is losing its general director this summer — and the Boston Children's Museum will gain a new president and CEO.

The 30-year-old opera organization announced today that Carole Charnow is stepping down after 14 years at the helm. Her last day will be July 31.

In a statement, Opera Boston Board President Gregory Bulger said the company would be sorry to see its longtime leader depart. "We will deeply miss her leadership and collegiality," wrote Bulger. "The Board is ready to meet the challenges that lie ahead, and to launch the next chapter of Opera Boston's innovative and unique programming."

Over the past few years, Opera Boston has pushed boundaries to produce operas in unconventional formats and spaces. Its 2009-2010 season was both a critical and financial success. The upcoming 2010-2011 season includes two New England premieres.

The Board of Directors will begin a search for Charnow's replacement in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, conductor and composer Gil Rose will continue to nurture Opera Boston's artistic vision as the Company's Music Director.

Carole Charnow commented that she looks forward to continuing her relationship with the company, "as the most enthusiastic Opera Boston fan."

This program aired on June 1, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

Andrea Shea Twitter Senior Arts Reporter
Andrea Shea is WBUR's arts reporter.

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