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Kentucky Opera appoints new director of development

Christine Johnson-Duell

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Opera’s General Director, Barbara Lynne Jamison, has announced the appointment of Christine Johnson-Duell as director of development effective April 15, 2019.

Johnson-Duell comes to Kentucky from Seattle, Washington where she has been a fundraising leader in the non-profit sector, most recently with Pacific Science Center.

Johnson-Duell is a fundraiser with a strong record of new and increased gifts. Her background in donor stewardship, grants management, strategic planning, event planning, and storytelling have contributed to her success in raising over $13 million in the last 5 years.

“As we enter Kentucky Opera’s next chapter, we want to continue to innovate our organization with programs that reflect and inspire our community, making opera accessible and relatable for anyone,” said Jamison. “With Christine’s leadership, we will deepen our relationships with the individuals and organizations who support and sustain these programs.”

Johnson-Duell’s appointment comes on the heels of Kentucky Opera’s Brown-Forman 2019-20 season announcement when Jamison introduced Kentucky Opera’s Youth Opera Project, a new program that will culminate with a fourth opera production at the Bomhard Theater for youth and their families, Robin Hood.

“Making opera and the arts accessible and engaging are values I hold dear. I’m eager to work with General Director Barbara Lynne Jamison and the Kentucky Opera Board to engage with people across the commonwealth to help make Kentucky’s opera company accessible and open to everyone,” said Johnson-Duell about her appointment.

Raised in Boston, MA and Palo Alto, CA Ms. Johnson-Duell has lived in Seattle for 27 years. She is married to Dallas Duell, a technical theater veteran, and they have a 21-year-old daughter who currently majors in Vocal Performance at college. An avid arts lover, Ms. Johnson-Duell spent much of her parenting years bringing her daughter and her friends and classmates to see opera, theatre, and art because, as her daughter once observed, “It makes your mind grow.”

Season tickets are now available for Kentucky Opera’s 68th Season at KYOpera.org including Georges Bizet’s Carmen, Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied, and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.