Executive Director, Opera Naple

Location: Naples, FL
  • April 14, 2018

The Position:

Opera Naples seeks applications for the position of Executive Director from individuals with broad practical experience in opera company administration and major gift fund-raising.   This is a full-time position, requiring residence in the Greater Naples area.  The Executive Director works closely with the Artistic Director on business planning to build the company’s reputation for artistic excellence locally and nationally, while maintaining financial stability.  The Executive Director will play a leadership role in achieving the company’s vision.

 

The Organization:

Opera Naples is a professional opera company founded in 2005 in the small but affluent community of Naples on the Gulf Coast of Southwest Florida.  Its location on the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, its abundant sunshine, numerous golf course and upscale restaurants, museums, art galleries, and shopping have established Naples as a sophisticated resort town.  The area has about 350,000 inhabitants, is one of the wealthiest communities in the country with the highest concentration of millionaires per capita.  During the October to April winter months, referred to as “the season,” the population triples with the arrival of part-time residents and tourists from all over the world.

Opera Naples is most active during this period.  Typically during season, the company will stage two grand operas, chamber works, recitals, and master classes.  Each year, it manages an extensive outreach program into area schools, assembles and showcases a youth chorus, and stages an operetta production with young people.

The company is small and relatively young, yet under the baton and leadership of Artistic Director Maestro Ramon Tebar, it has established an enviable record for presenting stellar productions featuring international artists of the caliber of Gregory Kunde, Angela Meade, and John Osborne.  The company is a member of OPERA America.

 

The David and Cecile Wang Opera Center:

Opera Naples is housed at the David and Cecile Wang Opera Center which opened in 2014.  It comprises a 264-seat black box theater, administrative offices, classrooms used for outreach programs and rehearsals, and prop, set and costume storage areas.

Chamber opera, vocal concerts, and recitals are performing at the Center by Opera Naples.  The Beaux Arts Chamber Music Series is presented here annually, featuring such ensembles at the Grammy-winning Shanghai Chamber Quartet, the Aspen Strong Trip, and the Ying Chamber Quartet.

The facility is also leased to various organizations to enjoy a wide variety of live entertainment, as well as lectures and films.

Large-scale productions are staged at the 1,425-seat Hayes Hall at Artis-Naples (formerly known as the Philharmonic Center for the Performing Arts); in the Pavilion on the lawns of the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort; and at the Naples Botanical Gardens.

Opera Naples is home to the Opera Naples Academy founded in 2017 by Renata Scotto, the internationally acclaimed soprano, Emmy winner, and Metropolitan Opera star.  The Academy offers master classes and vocal instruction, as well as classes in staging, management, and Leider to exceptional young professionals from the U.S., Europe, and Asia.  Graduates of the first year of classes conducted by Ms Scotto already report they have benefitted from a significant boost in their careers.  This year Sherrill Milnes, Bruce Ford, Veronica Villaroel, and Ramon Tebar have agreed to join the Academy faculty providing master classes that will culminate in a concert performing by the graduating class.

The company has an annual budget of $1.3 million which it aims to grow to $1.7 million over the next three years.  Fund-raising provides approximately 70% of annual income.  The prosperity of the region offers great opportunity for growth in both earned and contributed revenue.

A Chairman and ten-person board currently manage the company’s strategic direction.  The Chairman has temporarily assumed the position of Executive Director overseeing all day-to-day operations.  Since 2014 the internationally renowned pianist and conductor Maestro Ramon Tebar has been engaged as Artistic Director, reporting to the board.

Maestro Tebar serves in a number of other posts in the U.S. and internationally.  Here in the U.S. he became the first Spanish conductor to be appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor at the Florida Grand Opera in 2011.  Today, in addition to Opera Naples, he is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Palm Beach Symphony.  Overseas, he is Principal Guest Conductor at Valencia’s Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia, and recently was appointed Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Valencia Symphony Orchestra.

The staff includes a resident Associate Artistic Director, a Music Director/Education and Outreach Program Manager, a Sales and Communication Manager, a Technical Director, and a full-time executive assistant.  Other skilled support such as stage management, set and costume design, advertising and public relations is outsourced as needed or provided by volunteer staff.

 

Position Summary

This is a full-time position reporting to the Board of Directors.

 

Primary responsibilities include:

Leadership

Take overall responsibility for the five-year strategic plan; day-to-day operations and management of staff; financial oversight; internal and external communications; contracting coordination with other organizations.  Oversee all marketing activities. Work closely with the Artistic Director to create future seasons and to develop and maintain the company’s calendar of activities including productions.

 

Institutional Development

Responsibilities include maximizing contributed and earned revenue, cultivating partnerships with other organizations in the region, and ensuring operation of program activities.

Create and executive fund-raising strategies and activities; meet or exceed fund-raising targets; oversee donor database and donor communications; plan and coordinate grant submissions.  Collaborate with the Board and Artistic Director on planning and execution.

 

Audience Development

Create strategies to cultivate new audience and performance opportunities.  Work closely with the artistic team to manage educational activities.  Expand relationships with area schools and colleges.

 

Facilities Management and Rentals

Market the third-party use of the John and Judy Hushon Theater at the Wang Opera Center to maximize its profit potential.

 

Candidate Profile:

The ideal candidate will have senior management experience in the opera/cultural field and the ability to work cooperatively with volunteers, including the Board of Directors, and the company’s current staff.

Other required skills include experience in the development and management of budgets, knowledge of fund-raising, marketing, opera repertoire and production, and competence in strategic problem solving.  The board of directors is seeking someone who inspires enthusiasm, has a track record in major gift fund-raising from individuals and of audience development, and who is interested in growing a company over a number of years.

Training in opera/music and/or arts management is desirable. A good contact network throughout the opera industry is vital.

We seek a person with excellent oral and written communication skills who is willing and able to become a respected champion in the local cultural community, a motivated standard-bearer, team building and team plays.  Someone who is comfortable and adept in both private and public social and business forums; a skilled negotiator with a well-developed sense of tact and diplomacy.

Salary commensurate with experience.

 

How to Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements and a list of references by Monday, June 25, 2018 to:

Margaret Genovese

Senior Partner

Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates

77 Carlton Street, Suite 1103

Toronto, ON

Canada M5B 2J7

E-mail: gvasearch@gmail.com