Opera North has announced Laura Canning as General Director and Chief Executive Officer. She will replace Richard Mantle OBE in December, who has been in post for 29 years.
Canning’s operatic career spans 25 years. She is presently Director of Artistic Administration at Garsington Opera and was previously Welsh National Opera's Artistic Administrator and Studio Director for Houston Grand Opera in Texas.
At Opera North, she will develop a new artistic and business strategy for the company.
“I have long admired the company’s artistic ambition, the strength and innovation of its outreach work and the world-class quality of its performers and staff,” Canning commented. “I am looking forward to working with this exceptional team to continue to bring the joy of opera to our communities, and to advocate for the artform across the country.”