The Metropolitan Opera Guild

2010-07-01New York, NYGlenn Petry (212) Stewart Pearce Is Named Managing Director of Metropolitan Opera GuildThe Metropolitan Opera Guild is pleased to announce that Stewart Pearce has been named its new Managing Director.  Mr. Pearce assumes the position today after a long and distinguished association with both the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Opera Guild.  His predecessor was David A. Dik, who has taken a new position as the National Executive Director of Young Audiences Arts for Learning. Mr. Pearce will continue in his role as Assistant Manager for Operations at the Metropolitan Opera, a position he has held since 2006. Richard J. Miller, Jr., the President of the Guild, observed: “As the Guild begins its 75th anniversary season, Stewart’s long history at both the Guild and the Metropolitan Opera makes him uniquely qualified to carry out the Guild’s initiatives in education, creating new audiences for opera and supporting the Metropolitan Opera Association.”Mr. Pearce commented: “I am honored to be appointed the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s new Managing Director.  The Guild’s history of supporting the Metropolitan Opera and making opera accessible to audiences of all ages is unique.  I look forward to working with the Guild board, management, and staff to increase the effectiveness of all its programs, in even greater partnership with the Metropolitan Opera.”Stewart Pearce has spent virtually his entire professional career at the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Opera Guild, in a variety of management positions spanning almost 35 years.  His Master’s Degree in Arts Management, which he received from New York University in 1977, included an internship at the Metropolitan Opera Guild.  He served as the Guild’s Director of Membership, including broad-based marketing and fund raising responsibilities.Mr. Pearce moved to the Metropolitan Opera in 1982 to become Assistant Development Director, and in 1984 became the Met’s Director of Planning and Budgets.  In the ensuing years, he took on responsibility for operations, box office, marketing, and finance and in 1997 was named an Assistant Manager for the Metropolitan Opera.In his tenure at the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Pearce has been involved in long-range financial planning, budgeting, season planning, touring, box office, audience development and educational outreach, presentations, merchandising, archives, visual arts, and external relations.Mr. Pearce lives in New York City with his partner Kevin Kellogg.
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