General Director & CEO
Annie Burridge was named General Director of Austin Opera in October 2016, following a nine-year tenure at Opera Philadelphia.
As Managing Director at Opera Philadelphia, Ms. Burridge was responsible for the implementation of the company’s business plan and direct oversight of the development, marketing, and communications departments. She led the company’s rebranding campaign and the most comprehensive consumer research study ever conducted in the opera field, leading to 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%.
Before switching her focus to administration, Annie performed with numerous 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.