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David Gockley (Photo: San Francisco Opera)
13 Jan 2006

The New San Francisco Opera

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA [11 January 2006]: "The San Francisco Opera today unveiled a new visual identity for the Company, heralding the beginning of a new era under the leadership of David Gockley, who became the Company’s sixth general director on January 1, 2006. Elements of San Francisco Opera’s new image include a new logo, a glamorous and sophisticated new look for the print materials, and a major redesign of the Company’s Web site."

In first act, Opera chief brings in top brass

David Wiegand [SF Chronicle, 11 January 2006]

David Gockley is wasting little time in putting his own stamp on the San Francisco Opera. The new general director, who will announce plans for the 2006-07 season in a news conference today, has filled two key positions at the War Memorial Opera House.

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Restoring 'a singer's house'

NEW DIRECTOR GOCKLEY PLANS TO BRING BACK THE LUSTER OF S.F. OPERA, AND HE'LL USE TECHNOLOGY TO DO IT

By Richard Scheinin [Mercury News, 12 January 2006]
Mercury News

David Gockley is so to the point: San Francisco Opera is no longer ``a singer's house.'' It has taken a tumble and lost its luster, it seems. He intends to correct that.

The company's new general director is bringing Wagner's ``Ring'' cycle to the War Memorial Opera House, starting in 2008. He is hammering out contracts with Reneé Fleming, Natalie Dessay and other superstar singers for future seasons. He has commissioned Philip Glass to compose a new opera for the fall of 2007 and is urging John Adams to compose yet another opera, following this season's ``Doctor Atomic.''

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