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Andrew Jorgensen, General Director

Andrew Jorgensen began his tenure as the fourth General Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis on July 2, 2018. Just 34 when he took up the appointment, Mr. Jorgensen’s first season included the critically acclaimed world premiere of Terence Blanchard’s opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones, which will become the first opera written by an African-American to be performed at the Metropolitan Opera.  

Under Mr. Jorgensen’s leadership, Opera Theatre has achieved a 6% growth in mainstage audiences and 53% growth in donor households. Mr. Jorgensen is a passionate advocate for equity and inclusion in the arts; the 2019 Festival Season saw a 13% increase in audience diversity and 50% growth in Millennial participation. OTSL is now embarking upon a new strategic planning process, which will lay out a vision for the company through its 50th anniversary season in 2025. 

Before coming to Opera Theatre, Mr. Jorgensen previously served as the Director of Artistic Planning and Operations at Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center; during his last season there, he also acted as the company’s Interim Executive Director. Prior to that, Mr. Jorgensen spent five seasons on the artistic staff of the Metropolitan Opera. He began his career with two seasons as an assistant artist manager in the vocal division of Columbia Artists Management. 

Mr. Jorgensen completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University and received an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He currently serves on the board of the William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation, which supports the careers of young professional opera singers.

Mr. Jorgensen, who was raised in Haddonfield, New Jersey, lives in St. Louis with his husband Mark Stuart-Smith and their Tibetan terrier, Aria.