General Director & CEO
Annie Burridge was named General Director and CEO of Austin Opera in 2016, assuming leadership of all aspects of the company’s operations, including artistic programming, business planning, and community impact. Since joining Austin Opera she led the development of a new strategic plan, launched a new artistic initiative – Opera ATX – bringing groundbreaking artists to unexpected and unique venues throughout Austin, established numerous community partnerships, doubled the reach of the company’s education programs to more than 11,000 children, and increased the company’s endowment funds by 50%.
Prior to joining Austin Opera, Annie spent nine years at Opera Philadelphia, where she most recently served as Managing Director. Responsible for the implementation of the company’s business plan and leadership of the development, marketing, and communications departments, she led the company’s rebranding campaign and the most comprehensive consumer study ever conducted in the opera field, resulting in the company’s new programming model and the creation of the O17 festival. During her tenure as Opera Philadelphia’s chief development officer, contributed income increased 183%.
Annie is a Board member of OPERA America, and is a frequent speaker on topics related to arts administration, including change management, workplace culture, fundraising, branding, and community impact. She has been a keynote speaker at numerous national and international gatherings of OPERA America, Tessitura, Creative Partnerships Australia, and CultureBusiness.
Before switching her focus to administration, Annie performed as a coloratura soprano with several opera companies and orchestras, and was a young artist with Des Moines Metro Opera. Annie holds a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Pennsylvania; a M.M. in Voice Performance and a M.M. in Opera Studies from the New England Conservatory; and graduated the valedictorian of the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State University, where she earned a B.M. in Voice Performance with a Minor in Business Administration. Annie is an alumnus of Wharton’s Women’s Executive Leadership program and OPERA America’s Leadership Intensive program. She was named a 2017 “Mover and Shaper” by Musical America, a 2017 Woman of Power by Austin Way Magazine, and a 2017 Emerging Nonprofit Leadership Fellow at the Aspen Institute.