Thursday, May 27, 2010

Williamson to Opera Roanoke

Scott Williamson, director of the Virginia Chorale in Hampton Roads (and a performing tenor), will take over artistic and administrative direction of Opera Roanoke next season, while its current director, Steven White, becomes artistic advisor and principal guest conductor, Mike Allen reports in The Roanoke Times:

White, the company's maestro since 1999, in recent years has become more active conducting opera elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic and serving as a cover conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. Earlier this season, he was one of the conductors brought in after Leonard Slatkin withdrew from a Met production of Verdi's "La Traviata."