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David Roth

David Roth’s introduction to classical music began in college where he pursued a double major at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in Business Administration and Vocal Performance. While at the university, he studied voice with Mr. Daniel Johnson-Wilmot at Viterbo College. As an aspiring director, he assisted such notables as Colin Graham, Francesca Zambello, Roberto Oswald, Keith Warner and John Copley before embarking on his own directorial career, working with such companies as Minnesota Opera, Baltimore Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Prior to his arrival in Kentucky, Roth assumed the position of Director of Production in 2000 at Fort Worth Opera. In 2004 he was promoted to Director of Finance, working with the General Director to design and implement a new festival model for the company. While in Fort Worth, Roth was also the Associate Festival Manager of the Concerts in the Garden, a summer music festival for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. In February 2006, Roth assumed the position of General Director of Kentucky Opera. Over the past eight years Roth has worked extensively with staff, the board of directors and community leaders to develop an artistically viable and financially sustainable model for Kentucky Opera. With his leadership, Kentucky Opera moved to a new performance space, created an integrated young artist training program that partners with area universities, and initiated a composer-in-residency program to develop new works. The company adopted a new five year plan in 2013 to reimagine the repertory it presents each season, focusing on new compositions, rare operas and stories that speak to the American experience. Roth joined the Louisville Downtown Rotary Club in November 2006 and has been a member of the club’s Board of Directors for the past two years.