William Mason Named New Artistic Adviser of San Diego Opera
William Mason, the former general director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, has just been appointed as new Artistic Adviser of the San Diego Opera.
Mason said he will play a key role in stabilizing the company and planning longterm growth. Reports reveal that Mason will continue as Artistic Adviser until a permanent general director can be hired.
Board President Carol Lazier said, "Bill Mason's reputation in the world of opera is second to none. His knowledge of opera production and staging, his skills as an administrator, and his deep love of the art form assures that the artistic quality San Diego Opera is known for will continue unabated."
William Mason was the general director emeritus of Lyric Opera of Chicago, a company renowned internationally for its artistic excellence and financial strength. Founded in 1954, the company has achieved unparalleled success in its ticket sales over the past quarter-century, averaging 100% attendance from 1988 through 2002, and more than 90% attendance since that time. Lyric Opera is also distinguished for having an unparalleled record of operating in the black for 24 of the past 25 years. In 2011/12 the company sold a grand total of 233,113 tickets for the season, which comprised 72 performances of eight operas.
General director since 1997, Mason was with the company for more than four decades. He became general director emeritus on October 1, 2011, when Anthony Freud became general director. Previously Mason served as director of operations, artistic, and production for 16 years. He succeeded Ardis Krainik, Lyric's general director since 1981, when she died in January 1997. Mason joined the Lyric administration in 1962 under Carol Fox, Lyric's founding general manager.