David Devan

7 Sep 2017


David Devan. Photo by Gene Smirnov.

David Devan is general director and president of Opera Philadelphia, where he works on strategic planning initiatives and builds partnerships within the Philadelphia community and the opera world. He joined Opera Philadelphia in January 2006 and was appointed general director of the company in 2011. His key achievements include the establishment of the Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater; the establishment of the nation's first ever collaborative Composer in Residence Program with New York partners Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group, designed to foster the growth of tomorrow's great operatic composers; and the creation of the Center-funded American Repertoire Program in 2011, committing to produce an American work in ten consecutive seasons, solidifying Opera Philadelphia's role as a national leader in the creation of new works. Under Devan's leadership, Opera Philadelphia has commissioned or co-commissioned eight new operas, including Cold Mountain written by Pew Fellow Jennifer Higdon and Gene Scheer, and Breaking the Waves by Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek, based on the film by Lars von Trier. In September 2017, Opera Philadelphia will present its first-ever opera festival, O17, supported by a Center Advancement grant.