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Kevin Patterson to Lead Anchorage Opera as Executive Director

Anchorage, 17 May, 2012 – The Anchorage Opera Board of Directors announced today that Kevin Patterson has accepted an offer to lead Anchorage Opera (AO) in the role of Executive Director. Mr. Patterson will assume his role with the organization beginning 1 June, 2012.
Robert Bracco, AO Board President, states “Anchorage Opera has just completed its 50th season and having hired Kevin Patterson as our new Executive Director. Kevin and his family will be relocating to Alaska this summer from Texas. Please join me in welcoming Kevin and his family to Alaska and in making them feel at home in our community.”

Mr. Patterson is eagerly looking forward to joining the company. "Anchorage Opera has a long and prestigious record of producing opera on a very high level for the Anchorage community. The opportunity to join this organization at this time in its history is very exciting. I look forward to leading this highly creative and innovative organization forward into its next half century. "

For over two decades Mr. Patterson has thrived in the arts as a producer, director, administrator, educator and advocate. A passionate evangelist for the power of arts to stimulate creativity and innovation in communities, he has been associated with companies on the national and regional level including The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Grand Rapids and Austin Lyric Opera. His unique style as an artistic director and producer in using art as a catalyst for meaningful communication has won praise from critics both nationally and internationally. As an educator Mr. Patterson has been a frequent guest lecturer and panelist at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Texas at Austin and at Opera America National Conferences. Building connectivity through advocacy, strategic planning and collaborative partnerships, he has consulted with local governments on the economic impact and strategic implications of creative industries in communities.

Today's announcement is the culmination of year long search. The search was led by Anchorage Opera Past-President Richard Block and a committee made up of opera board members and community stakeholders.

Block observed that “Kevin Patterson was selected from a list of stellar applicants from across the country and from foreign countries. The search Committee chose Patterson because his background in the business and finance aspects of opera company management will be a valued asset for Anchorage Opera to compliment his record of artistic achievement at very prestigious opera companies throughout the country.”

Anchorage Opera is the largest producer of the performing arts in Alaska and a regional leader among opera companies. The 2012 - 2013 season, the organization's 51st, will feature the American stage premiere of Mrs. President by composer Victoria Bond, performances 5 and 7 October 2012, Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, performances 26 and 30 January, 1 and 3 February 2013 and My Fair Lady by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe, performances 29, 30 March, 3, 5, 6 and 7 April 2013.

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