Since being established in 1957, The Dallas Opera has had its ups and downs. But then hasn’t every organization? But what was been the sustaining factor in TDO weathering the changing times has been the number of people whose support and loyalty have made it endure.
To pay homage to 16 such folks, the Dallas Opera Honorary Directors was recently established.
According to the Kern Wildenthal General Director/CEO Ian Derrer, “The Dallas Opera has been blessed with visionary leaders: men and women whose influence has been felt — not across seasons, but decades. During which, they have exhibited extraordinary longstanding support — and services to — the Company.”
The inaugural class of Honorary Directors includes the following: Susie Bell, Cecile Bonte, Diane Brierley, John Cody, John Dayton, Patsy Donosky, Jim Erwin, Ruben Esquivel, Marilyn Halla, Kaki Hopkins, Connie Klemow, Richard Massman, Joyce Mitchell, Pat Rosenthal, Marty Weiland and Ann Williams.
Ian concluded saying, “We sincerely hope that this inaugural class will continue to inspire this company and elevate this art form for many years to come!”