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Atlanta Opera leader Dennis Hanthorn resigns

By Howard Pousner

Dennis Hanthorn, the Atlanta Opera’s general director for eight years, has resigned, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.

The 32-year-old opera company was one of the metro arts groups hardest hit by the recession until its fortunes reversed last year when it received a $9 million bequest from longtime board member Barbara D. Stewart.

Hanthorn quietly resigned last week in what spokesperson Laura Soldati characterized as a “mutual decision” with the opera’s board. She said Hanthorn would not be available to discuss his sudden departure.

Former Houston Grand Opera executive director Ann Owens will advise a team of Atlanta Opera senior management leaders while the board conducts a national search for Hanthorn’s replacement.

The company opens its three-opera season with “Carmen” at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Nov. 10.


5 comments Add your comment

Cosi fan tutti was worth the price of admission

August 6th, 2012
7:32 pm

Just imagine that same opera house, but on the site of the Atlanta Civic Center. Beautiful building, but I wish it were downtown. Galleria isn’t that far, but still.

Arthur Blank

August 6th, 2012
9:45 pm

This is a very difficult time for arts organizations across the country, including Atlanta. I wish Mr. Hanthorn the very best of luck in his future endeavors.

Are you the Real Arthur Blank?

August 6th, 2012
10:27 pm

I agree a very difficult time.

Not a Fangirl

August 7th, 2012
10:04 am

Finally the megalomaniac is gone. A glorious day!