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Eastman Opera Theatre names Timothy Long new artistic director

May 30, 2023 | Rochester City News

While Eastman Opera Theatre’s 2023-24 season will mark the end of an era, it will also be a continuation of Eastman School of Music’s commitment to new operatic works and diverse stories.

Current EOT Music Director Timothy Long, who has held his position since 2018, will begin his first season as Eastman Opera’s artistic and music director, a dual role he’ll assume after outgoing Artistic Director Steven Daigle retired in spring 2023.

Long’s history with Eastman Opera Theatre began in the early 1990s, when he was a graduate assistant playing the piano for opera rehearsals under the late director Richard Pearlman and conductor David Effron.

“It's just such an unexpected pleasure to be able to return here and to lead the program,” Long said. “I just never in my mind thought that would ever occur.”

Under Long’s direction, Eastman Opera Theatre will continue to emphasize 20th- and 21st-century opera alongside recognizable and iconic works, as well as a focus on bringing into the opera spotlight diverse perspectives that have previously been in the shadows. . .


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