- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 7, 2010

CHICAGO (AP) - The general director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago says he will retire when his contract expires at the end of the 2011-12 season.

William Mason announced his retirement plans early Wednesday. The 68-year-old has served as general director since 1997.

The Chicago native began his operatic career as a child singer in the 1950s. In 1954, Mason sang the role of the shepherd boy in Lyric’s first production of “Tosca,” and repeated it two years later as part of a dream cast led by Renata Tebaldi, Jussi Bjorling (YOU’-see BYUR’-ling), and Tito Gobbi.

Mason joined the Lyric administration in 1962 under founding general manager Carol Fox and took over as general director after the death of Fox’s successor, Ardis Krainik.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide