Bramwell Tovey
Calgary Opera

‘Dream team’ of Bramwell Tovey and Heather Kitchen will take the reins of the 45- year old arts company in 2019.

Following their announcement in August that current General Director and CEO Keith Cerny will be leaving the company, Calgary Opera announced today that the board of directors has selected two Canadians as its new leaders. Grammy® and Juno award-winning conductor and composer Bramwell Tovey will become the company’s Artistic Director, and veteran international arts executive Heather Kitchen will become the company’s administrative leader as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, beginning in January 2019.

Tovey is no stranger to Canadian opera and classical music fans. From 2000 to 2018 he was the highly esteemed Music Director of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and he is now the company’s Music Director Emeritus. His association with Calgary Opera dates back to 1994 when he conducted Mozart’s The Magic Flute during David Speers’ tenure as General Director. He returned several times under General Director & CEO Bob McPhee, most notably to conduct the world premiere of Filumena in 2003, and again to conduct the world premiere of his own composition with librettist John Murrell, The Inventor, in 2011. Most recently he conducted Calgary Opera’s 2016 Canadian premiere of Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt. He is also the Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London, England, as well as Artistic Advisor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.

Of the news of his appointment, Tovey stated, “Bob McPhee’s vision of a creative and vibrant opera company in one of Canada’s most important cities has left a lasting impression on all of us and has inspired me to accept the position of Artistic Director of Calgary Opera. I look forward to working in tandem with my esteemed colleague, Heather Kitchen, who is one of Canada’s most celebrated arts administrators.”

Read the full press release.