Opera Philadelphia leader to leave for Austin troupe

Annie Burridge, Opera Philadelphia's managing director since Feb. 2015, has been named general director of Austin Opera.

Burridge came to Opera Philadelphia in 2007, and always straddled the realms of music and business. She was a trained singer (with a master's in voice and opera from the New England Conservatory), and at Opera Philadelphia was a key player in the company's ambitious consumer research that has helped to shape the company's direction. 

She starts the Austin job in November.