Episode 196. Ian Derrer – former General Director, Kentucky Opera
Ian Derrer leads the Kentucky Opera, fueled by a lifelong love of opera.
Ian became the fifth general director in Kentucky Opera history in 2006. He led the organization in its mission to entertain and educate a broad and diverse audience by producing operas of the highest quality. He joined the organization after serving in his previous role as artistic administrator and a member of the senior management team of the Dallas Opera.
Bitten by the opera bug as a young child, Ian has worked with opera companies throughout the U.S. and in Italy. His experience serving operas in Dallas, New York, Santa Fe, and Charlotte has allowed him to learn from leading general directors in the field. Their lessons on fundraising, audience development, branding, and community involvement give him a unique advantage.
Ian’s prior experience includes working as a scheduling coordinator for the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy. He also interned at Columbia Artists Management, Inc. in the office of Ronald A. Wilford.
He received master’s degrees in opera production, voice, and performing arts management from Northwestern University and Brooklyn College. He also completed a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.
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