The Metropolitan Opera Guild is pleased to announce that Stewart Pearce has been named its new Managing Director. Mr. Pearce assumes the position today after a long and distinguished association with both the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Opera Guild. His predecessor was David A. Dik, who has taken a new position as the National Executive Director of Young Audiences Arts for Learning. Mr. Pearce will continue in his role as Assistant Manager for Operations at the Metropolitan Opera, a position he has held since 2006.
Richard J. Miller, Jr., the President of the Guild, observed: “As the Guild begins its 75th anniversary season, Stewart’s long history at both the Guild and the Metropolitan Opera makes him uniquely qualified to carry out the Guild’s initiatives in education, creating new audiences for opera and supporting the Metropolitan Opera Association.”
Mr. Pearce commented: “I am honored to be appointed the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s new Managing Director. The Guild’s history of supporting the Metropolitan Opera and making opera accessible to audiences of all ages is unique. I look forward to working with the Guild board, management, and staff to increase the effectiveness of all its programs, in even greater partnership with the Metropolitan Opera.”
Stewart Pearce has spent virtually his entire professional career at the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Opera Guild, in a variety of management positions spanning almost 35 years. His Master’s Degree in Arts Management, which he received from New York University in 1977, included an internship at the Metropolitan Opera Guild. He served as the Guild’s Director of Membership, including broad-based marketing and fund raising responsibilities.