Francesca Campagna Named General Director of the Center For Contemporary Opera
Francesca Campagna has been named General Director of the Center for Contemporary Opera, effective immediately. As a globally renowned artistic manager and consultant to cultural institutions, she has built a formidable reputation for her deep knowledge of opera, and her ability to extend the reach of preeminent artists and institutions to new audiences. It is this rare combination that made her the CCO Board’s choice.
The Center for Contemporary Opera, founded in New York City in 1982, is dedicated to creating opportunities for composers and librettists and giving new life to new operas. CCO brings forward performances and new works that redefine American opera repertoire. As General Director, Ms. Campagna is responsible for the vision and strategic plan of CCO. She will oversee the development of all Center for Contemporary Opera productions in the U.S. and globally, as well as expanding education, partnerships and fundraising programs.
Ms. Campagna is the first female and first immigrant General Director in the organization’s history and was selected by the Board in an international search. Italian by birth, Francesca resides in Manhattan.
Ms. Campagna states, “I am delighted to take on the challenge of making sure that we at CCO are always contemporary, and at the absolute forefront of our craft. My passion is bringing stories to stages. Opera embraces social issues, illuminates complex situations and allows us to feel deep emotions. I love helping people to experience that and guiding artists in this vision.” She continues, “To me there has never been a more exciting time to be in opera and expand the relevance of this vibrant art form. And at CCO we are uniquely able to do that with new commissions and by bringing contemporary work to new stages in New York and the world.”
- Secret Agent by Michael Dellaira World Premiere, The Kaye Playhouse, NYC
- Dr Jeykl and Mr Hyde by Barry O'Neal CCO Development Series, the cell theatre, NYC
- European Premiere, Szeged National Theatre, Hungary; Opera Theatre d'Avignon, France A Death in the Family by William Mayer
- Four Sisters by Elena Langer CCO Development Series, the cell theatre, NYC
- Konzerthaus, Vienna Austria Neither by Morton Feldman
- CCO Gala National Arts Club, NYC, Elliott Forrest Master of Ceremonies
- Big Jim and the Small Time Investors by Eric Salzman CCO Development Series, Faison Firehouse Theater, NYC
- Mario and the Magicians by Francis Thorne World Premiere The Kaye Playhouse, NYC
- Markheim by Carlisle Floyd The Kaye Playhouse, NYC
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by John Eaton World Premiere, Symphony Space, NYC (Credit Ari Mintz The New York Times)
- An American Dream by Charles Matz and Norman Mailer Prima le Parole, CCO Development Series, National Opera Center, NYC
- Alice in Wonderland by Peter Westergaard World Premiere, Symphony Space, NYC
Founded in 1982, The Center for Contemporary Opera is a leading proponent of new opera in the United States.
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