Tacoma Opera has hired Dr. Noel Koran as its new general director, three months after the resignation of former director Kathryn Smith, the company announced today. Koran was selected by the Tacoma Opera board of directors after a national search, and has extensive experience directing opera in the Northwest.
“We are thrilled to have someone of Noel’s caliber and experience leading Tacoma Opera, said board member Peter Serko. “It really is a dream come true, he definitely has the skill and experience to take us to the next level.”
Koran comes to Tacoma from directorship positions at Roque Opera in Medford, Oregon and at South Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. He has served as resident opera director at the University of Washington, and is a graduate of the UW, with Ph.D. in Opera and Stage Direction from the University of Texas, Austin. He has worked as a professional off-Broadway actor in New York, and as an opera singer in Britain and Germany before pursuing stage direction.
According to the Tacoma Opera press release, Koran will be actively involved in all aspects of the non-profit, professional opera company’s operations.
This season TO will perform Rossini’s “The Turk in Italy,” Puccini’s “La Bohème” and a Young Artist showcase of works by Kurt Weill.
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