Dallas Opera Names Kern Wildenthal as Interim General Director and CEO

The Dallas Opera announced the appointment of Dr. Kern Wildenthal, former Board Chairman, as interim general director and CEO on Thursday, December 21, 2017. Dr. Wildenthal will serve as a volunteer in this role until a permanent general director is found.

This news follows the December 15 resignation announcement of former General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, who was appointed General Director and CEO of Calgary Opera in Alberta, Canada.

Dr. Wildenthal, who chaired TDO’s Board from 2008 to 2012 (during its move to the Winspear Opera House), has been a loyal supporter of the company for many years, a press release stated.

A transition team is in place as the search for a permanent general director begins.


Founded in 1957, The Dallas Opera is an internationally-recognized innovator dedicated to the overall advancement of the operatic art form and the support of established and emerging artists, as well as the education and development of new opera audiences in North Texas—and beyond. These goals are achieved by commissioning and producing world-class opera; through ground-breaking institutes, national competitions and topical programs; and by presenting opera in both traditional and non-traditional formats and venues in order to attract patrons of every age, background, educational level, and ethnicity—while engaging with more than 87,000 people in our community each year. TDO is equally committed to the task of responsible stewardship and is managed with efficiency and accountability, to the highest possible standards. publishes every week.
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