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12 Jan 2005

David Gockley Now in the Running at SFO

SAN FRANCISCO Opera director search adds Houston veteran Once not in running, David Gockley now a leading candidate Joshua Kosman, Chronicle Music Critic Tuesday, January 11, 2005 David Gockley, the visionary longtime general director of the Houston Grand Opera, has...

SAN FRANCISCO Opera director search adds Houston veteran
Once not in running, David Gockley now a leading candidate

Joshua Kosman, Chronicle Music Critic
Tuesday, January 11, 2005

David Gockley, the visionary longtime general director of the Houston Grand Opera, has emerged recently as a leading candidate to take over the reins of the San Francisco Opera.

Gockley, 61, was not considered a candidate through the fall as a 14- member search committee chaired by board member George Hume looked for a replacement for Pamela Rosenberg, who will step down when her five-year contract as general director expires in 2006.

But Gockley said that since Christmas the committee had approached him again and that he had decided to "take a different view of the matter."

"At this point, we're both doing what you'd call due diligence," he said. "I'm trying to figure out and learn as much as I can about the company so I know what I'd be getting into as far as the financial circumstances, the union circumstances, the staff circumstances."

Hume refused to comment on the specifics of the search. "We have a number of candidates we're looking at, and we're hoping to make an announcement by the end of January," he said.

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