New Zealand Opera announces the appointment of Philip King as the new Chair of the Board of Directors, replacing John Harvey who retires after 16 years as a Director and four as Chair.
“Following the successful recruitment of new General Director Thomas de Mallet Burgess, this seems to be the appropriate time for me to move on,” Harvey says.
Philip has a great love of opera and has been a Director of New Zealand Opera for 13 years. He has extensive business experience so the company will be in good hands.
“I am delighted to have been appointed by the Board to succeed John as Chair,” King says. “New Zealand Opera is well positioned to move forward to the next stage of its development and I look forward to working with the Board and Thomas and his team as we implement some exciting new plans.”
Long-serving Director Donald Trott (ONZM) is also retiring from the board, having devoted over 40 years to the development of the art form. He was a leading force behind the formation of New Zealand Opera in 2000 and has been actively involved in its growth and development since.
Donald’s tireless work in the support and development of young singers and emerging artists will continue following his retirement from New Zealand Opera, through his Chairmanship of the New Zealand Opera School based in Whanganui, which he founded.
“John and Donald have each in their own way made a major contribution to New Zealand Opera and, more broadly, the arts in New Zealand. They will be missed,” says King.
New Zealand Opera’s 2019 season will be announced in mid-October, following the conclusion of the Wellington dates for La bohème.