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Andrew Jorgensen, General Director

Andrew Jorgensen became the fourth General Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis on July 2, 2018. He was previously the Director of Artistic Planning and Operations at Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center (WNO), where last season he also acted as Interim Executive Director and leader of WNO’s interim management team.

Mr. Jorgensen, 34, joined Washington National Opera in 2012 at the invitation of the company’s Artistic Director Francesca Zambello. Highlights of their artistic collaboration include the company’s first complete cycles of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen in the spring of 2016, a sold out critically acclaimed event; the revised world premiere of Appomattox (by Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton); east coast premieres of Moby-Dick (by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer) and Champion (by Terence Blanchard and Michael Cristofer, originally commissioned and premiered by OTSL); and multiple new productions including acclaimed interpretations of La bohème, Dead Man Walking, and Aida. He has been a strong advocate for commissioning new American operas, including six chamber-length operas as part of WNO’s celebrated American Opera Initiative Program and the full-length holiday opera The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me.

He has advanced initiatives to broaden access to opera, deepening relationships with high school students in the DC area through the Young Associates program and increasing inclusiveness for audience members on the autism spectrum through developing sensory-friendly performances of the company’s annual holiday operas. He has managed a year-round team of 20-30 and upwards of 150 people during the WNO season. He has also supported several years of budgets for WNO that have met or exceeded expectations, both during his tenure of managing the artistic budget and more recently overseeing the entire company’s budget as acting Interim Executive Director.

Before joining Washington National Opera, 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. He completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University and also holds a Masters of Business Administration 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, recently moved to St. Louis with his husband Mark Stuart-Smith and their dog Aria, a Tibetan terrier.