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Classical music news flash: Allan Naplan, former general director of the Madison Opera, resigns after one year as president and general director of the Minnesota Opera | March 29, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

After what was, by all measures and accounts, a very successful six-season tenure at the Madison Opera, general director Allan Naplan (below) was recruited by the much larger Minnesota Opera to be its president and general director.

But now, after only one year on the job, Naplan has resigned.

No reason for his resignation has been given in the public accounts so far.

But The Ear suspects artistic differences might have something to do with it, as could fundraising, budget  or financial problems.

Or maybe Naplan was recruited for a much bigger job opportunity. (I found him to be both gifted and congenial, and suggested in a story that he could well be bound for an even bigger big city and an even bigger big opera company.)

Naplan had strong ideas about opera, especially given his background as a composer, a professional touring baritone and director of artistic administration at the Pittsburgh Opera before he came to Madison to take over from Ann Stanke, who died last spring.

Here is a link to the story:

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/03/minnesota-opera-president-allan-naplan-resigns.shtml

If you know any more information about this art news event, The Ear would love to hear.

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