Opera Australia today announced that Rory Jeffes will be joining the company as CEO, replacing Craig Hassall.
Hassall left the company in February this year, to take up the post of Chief Executive of London’s Royal Albert Hall. OA’s Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini has been interim CEO since Hassall’s departure.
Jeffes comes to OA from the Sydney Symphony, where he’s been a staff member since 2005 and Managing Director since 2009. He was born in Ontario, Canada, and has worked across both England and Australia in both the profit and not-for-profit sectors.
Jeffes will start at OA on July 31 this year.
OA’s Chair David Mortimer said in a statement: “We’re thrilled to welcome Rory to Opera Australia. He was an outstanding candidate in a very high quality field and brings a diverse set of skills and a wealth of experience that will be highly valued at the Company.
“Rory’s passion for music and his strong background in the not-for-profit sector, along with his exceptional analytical and administrative capabilities are exactly what the company needs to take us forward in these exciting and challenging times.”
Jeffes said: “It is highly impressive how Opera Australia, under the artistic direction of Lyndon Terracini, has developed as an innovative performing arts company of international renown. I greatly look forward to working closely with Lyndon and the many highly talented people at OA to build on these achievements into the future.”