Named Chief Operating Officer of the S.F. Opera

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By Iride Aparicio

Photos Courtesy: S.F. Opera

San Francisco, CA -- Mathew Shilvock, Tad and Dianne Taube (General Director of San Francisco Opera, announced to the press the appointment of Theresa Von Klug as Chief Operating Officer, effective February 28, 2022. Von Klug joins the Company from Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where she has served as General Manager for the past seven years.

As a member of the executive team of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Theresa Von Klug supervised day-to-day operations since 2015.  She directed a broad team of managers, overseeing operations, managing labor relations and leading cross-functional initiatives. Prior to Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Von Klug served as Producer for New York's Theatre for a New Audience and Production Manager for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. A highly experienced producer and theatrical administrator Von Klug has a M.S. in Labor Relations and Human Resources Management from Baruch College in New York, and a B.F.A. in Theater from Arizona State University.

Von Klug joins the Opera's leadership team in this newly created role, reporting to Matthew Shilvock. She will be a strategic partner to the Genial Director, advancing strategic initiatives and working closely with Shilvock to operationalize the vision and goals of the Company. As San Francisco Opera moves into its 2022-2023 Centennial Season and second century. Von Klug will play a critical role in framing and shaping future directions, developing new initiatives and connecting departments together to ensure seamless operations. She will directly oversee the administration of a number of departments including Music Operations (which includes the Orchestra, Chorus and Dance Corps) Patron Operations and the San Francisco Opera Archives.

"I am thrilled to welcome Theresa to the leadership team of the San Francisco Opera" said Shilvock "As we turn the page to our second century, we are looking to a vital future for the company, ensuring excellence on stage and a commitment to innovating the art form for future generations. Theresa brings the skills; vision and passion that will help propel San Francisco Opera into that very exciting future. She has incredible experience in the theatrical arts, a deep understanding of how to bring together the many constituents needed to create art on stage in a supportive environment and a devotion to creating Impactful art for broad and diverse audiences. I am excited for what will be possible with her leadership"

"It is an honor to join San Francisco Opera as they celebrate and move into their second century of creating exceptional and inspiring art," said Von Klug. "I am excited to collaborate with Matthew and the team to continue to strengthen the organization's work culture, which supports the creation of art that is deeply rooted in San Francisco Opera's rich history and community.  This is a brilliant company of staff, orchestra members, artists and crew members to be working alongside, building new initiatives for opera in the new century."  


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The San Francisco Opera has been recognized as one of the world's leading opera companies since its founding in 1923. The Company remains a vital artistic institution through it main stage programming, renowned artist training programs and repertory-expanding commissions, including John Adams' Doctor Atomic and Girls of the Golden West, Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking. André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire and Bright Sheng's Dream of the Red Chamber.

Under the leadership of General Director Matthew Shilvock, San Francisco Opera continues to pioneer new approaches to producing large-scale opera in the 21st century and creating impactful, reciprocal connection with the community. In the fall of 2021 conductor Eun Sun Kim began her tenure as San Francisco Opera's fourth music director and in partnership with Matthew Shilvock, will lead the Company through the 2022-2023 Centennial Season and into the future.