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El Paso Opera Hires David Holloway as New Artistic Director

The El Paso Opera announced this week that David Holloway has joined the company as artistic director through Season 25.  Holloway was the artistic director for EPO’s last production ‘Tis the Season. He will finish out Season 22 with one of Opera’s most well-known masterpieces,Carmen by Georges Bizet, this March.

Since 2005, he has been Director of the Santa Fe Opera’s apprentice program.

“Working for the El Paso Opera is a different role for me, and I find it exciting,” Holloway said. “I would like to help El Paso Opera to be a beacon to other companies […] I have had the privilege of working with the finest young artists in the country for the Santa Fe Opera and I hope to bring those singers, that experience, and scope of work to El Paso!”

EPO’s new Executive Director, Chelsea Lamego, feels positive about the transition. “It’s great that we can count on someone of his caliber to run the artistic end of the company for another three seasons,” she said. “With David’s expertise comes new contacts, new operas, and a new artistic take on the whole organization!”

Lamego believes that Holloway is just what we need to keep Opera in El Paso alive—and if experience alone is any indication of this, El Pasoans need not worry. President of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Robert Gonzalez, believes this is a positive move forward for the company.

“Holloway brings years of experience singing on stage with the greatest performers and directing the most talented in the nation. His enthusiasm for joining El Paso’s art scene should make us proud. He is planning master classes with UTEP students, and the art’s community has fully embraced him.”

Prior to his work in Santa Fe, Holloway was Head of Voice at Chicago College of Performing Arts for eleven years, sang seven seasons with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and was the leading baritone at the Deautsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf for ten years. Carmen is a special performance for him, he sang the Toreador in two seasons at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival.

Carmen will take place on March 17th and 19th 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Abraham Chavez Center.  Tickets are available for purchase online via Ticketmaster or by phone at 915-581-5534.

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