- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 9, 2001

Maestro Stephen Crout has resigned as leader of the Washington Concert Opera and will relocate to Denver, the company announced yesterday.
Mr. Crout founded the opera in 1984. Although his resignation was effective Aug. 1, he will remain as artistic consultant — at least through April.
His departure precludes the presentation of the opera's traditional two-opera season for 2001-02, a statement from the opera said. Instead, Mr. Crout will mount a concert next spring that celebrates the opera's 15th anniversary and his farewell.
Personal reasons were cited for his relocation.
"Quite simply, I am not able to continue to lead WCO in a manner satisfactory to the level of artistic quality and financial responsibility the company is known for from what will be nearly 2,000 miles away," he said.
Mr. Crout had acted as general director, artistic director and conductor of the opera.
Day-to-day operations now will be handled by Administrative Director Kimberley Heatherington.

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