David Bennett

David Bennett is the General Director of San Diego Opera. Under his leadership since 2015, the Company has embarked on a series of community-based initiatives including a citywide Listening Tour, free public performances, and family-friendly operas to better serve the diverse San Diego region.

In 2016, the Company debuted its wildly popular dētour Series, which explores the expressive nature of opera with the potency of intimate theater. Prior to San Diego Opera, David was Gotham Chamber Opera’s Managing Director and Executive Director and Managing Director of Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), where he led a $5.7 million capital campaign for DNA’s new home in Lower Manhattan.

Mr. Bennett also served as Senior Consultant with Arts Resources International/Artec Consultants, where he provided a range of advisory services to non-profit arts organizations. Before working in arts administration, he enjoyed a successful career in opera, appearing as a baritone with a number of companies and orchestras throughout the United States. Bennett holds both an M.B.A. and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and has served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of OPERA America.