Greater Tulsa Reporter
Tulsa Opera announced in August that Greg Weber has been appointed as managing director. Most recently, Weber has served as director of production at San Francisco Opera. Weber brings more than 28 years of experience in arts management. He was hired after a nationwide executive search guided by Arts Consulting Group. Weber will assume his duties as managing director in October.
“It is with great pleasure that the board of directors welcomes Greg Weber to his new position as managing director,” says Board President Alvina Hart. “As Tulsa Opera begins its 67th anniversary season, we are fortunate to gain the leadership of such a veteran professional as Mr. Weber, who brings extensive world class experience from his positions at San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera and Geva Theatre Center. We look forward to dynamic growth in our programming and community outreach with his proven skills in management, development, marketing and community engagement.
“His knowledge of and appreciation for opera along with his commitment to fully engage the community through opera is a perfect fit for our company and region. Together with Artistic Director Kostis Protopapas, Mr. Weber will lead Tulsa Opera to new heights.”
Weber joined San Francisco Opera in February 2011 as director of production. He directs a budget of $20 million and leads a team of 13 managers and more than 175 personnel who create and staff more than 70 performances of ten operas annually. He brings more than 28 years’ experience as an arts manager, managing operations and producing theatrical events in senior leadership positions, during which he has produced 18 world premieres.
Previously, Weber was appointed managing director of Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, N.Y., in 2007, where he managed all financial and administrative areas of the $7 million multi-venue complex, including a renovation of the company’s historic facility supported by a $2 million lead gift from the New York state legislature. He was the theater’s principal community liaison, expanding the company’s local, regional and state influence, and producing the inaugural Rochester Theatre Fest, which led to his founding TheatreROCS, an alliance of 28 Rochester metro arts organizations.
Prior to his tenure with Geva, Weber served as Technical Director for Houston Grand Opera from 1993 to 2006, overseeing all production elements, as well as leading the company’s labor negotiations.Working closely with the company’s then-General Director David Gockley, Weber played an instrumental role in the development and execution of Houston Grand Opera’s community outreach initiatives of PlazaCast presentations, OperaVision, its multi-media modular staging system for large outdoor venues, and the creation of customized opera supertitles.
Weber received his bachelor’s of science degree in theater design from Ball State University and his M.F.A. in theater technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has held positions as assistant professor of theater at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, technical director for Missouri Repertory Theater and operations manager for VDA, The Event Design Group.
Tulsa Opera has an annual budget of $2.7 millon and produces three operas each season, including one contemporary American or English-language opera. During its 2014-15 season, Tulsa Opera will present Rossini’s Cinderella, Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet and Carlyle Floyd’s Of Mice And Men. Additionally, the company maintains a vibrant education and community outreach program, which includes Tulsa Youth Opera, a tuition-free training program for singers in grades 3-12, and Opera On Tour!, which annually presents a children’s opera to each second grade class in Tulsa Public Schools and to more than 20,000 students in schools in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri. Tulsa Opera also hosts the Tulsa Opera Studio training program for young professional singers and musicians.