The San Diego Opera named William Mason as its new artistic adviser.
A native of Chicago, Mason retired from the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2011 as that company’s general director. He held positions with that opera company, and others including the San Francisco Opera since 1962.
In addition to working with the production department on the repertoire and casting, Mason will also provide leadership in setting the company’s budget, and will report to the company’s board of directors. The company said it will shortly begin a search for a new permanent general director.
“Bill Mason’s reputation in the world of opera is second to none,” said Carol Lazier. “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 the San Diego Opera is known for will continue unabated.”
The company said it is still in negotiations with former Artistic Director Ian Campbell’s lawyers on a settlement involving the payment on the remaining years of his contract.
Last month, the opera’s board rescinded an earlier vote to disband, and determined that it will produce a 2015 season, although at a lower operating budget.