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Dallas Opera music director Graeme Jenkins to step down in 2013

9:45, 12th February 2013

The music director of the Dallas Opera, Graeme Jenkins, is to step down at the end of the 2012-13 season.

Jenkins, who has been with the company since 1994, said that his decision was prompted by the desire to concentrate on his European conducting career.

In his resignation letter to Dallas Opera General Director & CEO, Keith Cerny, Jenkins said that what he has learned “in the pit in Dallas has given me a foundation of repertoire and experience to translate to opera houses in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Austria and Canada”.

Jenkins will be given the title of ‘Music Director Emeritus’ after moving on from the company in 2013, and confirmed that “I will remain for the rest of my artistic life a goodwill ambassador for the Dallas Opera.”

Chairman of the Dallas Opera, Dr Kern Wildenthal, paid tribute to the contribution made by Jenkins during his tenure, saying that “he created magic, as well as music.”

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