Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | October 6, 2014

October 6, 2014 TTEOW Presents an Encore Presentation Originally Aired on February 20, 2012 Host Corinne Frugoni Interviews Sarah Billinghurst, Artistic Manager at the Metropolitan Opera, NYC

sarah billinghurstSarah Billinghurst is the Assistant Manager, Artistic of the Metropolitan Opera. Her career in opera administration started at the San Francisco Opera in 1972, when she became the assistant to the Artistic Administrator. In 1982 she was named Artistic Administrator, and in addition to her duties in that position, she undertook numerous special projects including co-productions with the Kirov Opera, producing concerts, recital and special presentations sponsored by the San Francisco Opera.

Sarah moved to the Metropolitan Opera on August 1, 1994. She reports directly to General Manager, Peter Gelb and Music Director, James Levine. She is responsible for the running of the artistic departments, presentations, media, recording and touring. The artistic department is responsible for casting, conductors and new productions. As head of the media department, Sarah oversees the radio and television broadcasts and is involved in the current efforts to preserve past broadcasts.

Sarah has also organized all the tours of the Metropolitan Opera in Japan and the MET Orchestra in Europe, within the United States and the season at Carnegie Hall. The special events she has organized include the James Levine 25th Anniversary Gala, Pension Fund concerts, New Year’s eve celebrations at the Met and the anniversary celebrations of celebrated artists such as Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.

“I wouldn’t stay working in opera unless I was constantly stimulated by it and felt that I could still add something to it, but I’m very much behind the scenes.”

Sarah Billinghurst was born in Wanganui, New Zealand and graduated from Victoria University with a degree in political science. “I quickly learnt in opera that dealing with politicians and opera singers wasn’t that different. They have big egos but fragile egos.”

To listen to and/or download Corinne’s conversation with Sarah Billinghurst click the following link:     10-6-2014 Encore_Corinne_Sarah Billinghurst

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