Nashville Opera is losing a highly-regarded member of its family to The Metropolitan Opera. Director of Education and Outreach Stuart Holt becomes the new Director of Programs and Strategic Partnerships there on Oct. 17, ArtsNash has learned.
“We are very excited about this tremendous career opportunity which has been offered to (him),” Nashville Opera General and Artistic Director John Hoomes says. “When an opera employee moves forward in the advancement of their career, it speaks very highly for everyone when they are recruited to join the staff of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.”
“After five fantastic years working here and living in Nashville, it is time for this chapter to come to a close,” says Holt, who was director of youth opera programs at Sarasota (Fl.) Opera before joining Nashville Opera in 2007. “…I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with fantastic educators, administrators and community partners during my time in Nashville.”
Among the Nashville Opera initiatives Holt oversaw were Opera On Tour, which last school year alone played for nearly 25,000 students, teachers, and parents in more than 40 different schools throughout 18 Middle Tennessee counties, and the Met HD Live in Schools screenings of Met operas for Metro Nashville Public Schools students. “My new position will continue to work with schools and school programs, but on a much larger scale,” Holt notes. “This was not a job I applied for; it came out of my work with (Metropolitan Opera Director of Education) Marsha Drummond. She contacted me about the position and really helped to pave the way to make it a possibility and now a reality.”
Holt’s last day in his Noah Liff Opera Center office is Oct. 12. A national search is now underway for his replacement.
*Photo by Reed Hummell courtesy Nashville Opera.