Hawaii Opera Theatre has announced the appointment of Simon Crookall as executive director of the organization, effective May 13.
Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT), the Islands’ only major operatic company, is preparing for the final presentation in its 2012-2013 season, “Tosca,” April 26, 28 and 30.
Crookall most recently served as president and chief executive officer of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, where he conducted successful annual fundraising and capitol campaigns, appointed a respected new music director, organized programs to develop new and younger audiences and refocused the education department to reflect community needs.
Crookall, 52, born near Manchester, England, has been a lifelong music aficionado. A baritone, he sang with the King’s College Chapter Choir at Cambridge University, where he received his masters of arts degree in Economics (1982).
Before moving to America, he was chief executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasglow (1997-2005), general manager of that orchestra (1995-1996) and held various posts with symphonic and dramatic organizations between 1996 and 1983.
Crookall, who made his first visit to Hawaii to interview for the HOT position, said he has long wanted to work with an opera company, employing his love of music and musical experience in tandem with this management and administrative expertise. “Opera has been the goal of my career,” he said.
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