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Virtual conversation with Charles MacKay - Wednesday, May 4th, 2022, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

  • 04 May 2022
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom Videoconference


  • One couple member. Please add other spouse as a guest (at member rate).

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is pleased to invite you to a special Zoom conference with

Charles MacKay

Opera and Arts Administrator

Emeritus Board Member of OPERA America, President of the Sullivan Foundation,

Board of Directors of The English Concert in America et al.

In this thought-provoking, virtual conversation with one of the Club's Executive Committee Members, Robert Paley, Charles MacKay will talk about his leadership experiences managing world class opera companies and the skills required for driving their success. 

Join us as Mr. MacKay speaks about the development of a nationally recognized youth program and the processes in place for discovering and promoting new talent. Listen in as he shares his views on what inspires new work while addressing the management of the arts during the global financial crisis. 

Born in New Mexico, Charles MacKay began his career in opera and arts administration as a musician playing the French Horn in the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra some 50 years ago. Following leadership roles at the Spoleto Festival USA and the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, Mr. MacKay was named General Director of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, a position he held from 1985 to 2008. Some of his early achievements included completing the first major endowment campaign, constructing the Sally S. Levy Opera Center, producing fifteen world premieres, and presenting two touring productions in Tokyo.

Returning to the Santa Fe Opera in 2008 as General Director, Mr. MacKay's artistic leadership furthered the opera house's tradition of innovative repertory with the commission of five main stage world premieres. Through successful co-production partnerships with companies such as the Metropolitan Opera, Canadian Opera Company and the English National Opera, Mr. MacKay's efforts generated new revenue to strengthen SFO's $20 million operating budget. At the same time he championed education initiatives, community outreach efforts, and the development of young artists and administrators in the Apprentice Program for Singers and Technicians, long considered to be the best of its kind. Prior to ending his tenure in Santa Fe in 2018, Mr. MacKay led two successful capital campaigns that funded $50 million in facility improvements and strengthened the company’s financial position. 

Register now to be a part of this not to be missed virtual event with a future inductee into OPERA America's Hall of Fame (October 2022)! 

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Members and their guestsFree of Charge

Non-members: €10

Register Now!

Zoom Meeting Info:

Login credentials will be sent to registered participants the day of the event.

Time permitting the virtual discussion will end with a Q&A. We invite participants to send in their questions prior to the event. Please email them to no later than Tuesday, May 2nd, 2022.

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