Long Beach Opera Names Elizabeth Kurila Director of Development

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Elizabeth Kurila, newly appointed Director of Development for Long Beach Opera

Elizabeth Kurila, newly appointed Director of Development for Long Beach Opera

To facilitate its continued growth, Long Beach Opera (LBO) announces the appointment of Elizabeth Kurila as its new Director of Development. Her selection follows an extensive search conducted by Los Angeles-based Arts Consulting Group, North America’s leading provider of executive search and other consulting services for the arts and culture sector. Since 2004, LBO has expanded its budget from $430,000 to 1.6 million; more than doubled its audience; and quadrupled its subscriber base.

“Elizabeth’s depth of experience in all aspects of development and fundraising, along with her strong love of music, make her the ideal person to help LBO’s continued growth as a leading arts company and to further its goal of providing daring and innovative operas to a wide and diverse audience,” says Andreas Mitisek, Artistic and General Director. “All of us at LBO are thrilled to have Elizabeth as part of our team.”

Ms. Kurila brings a strong, multifaceted background in entrepreneurship, senior development, and marketing experience to LBO from her previous roles as Director of Development for both the Nine Network of Public Media and the University of Missouri- St. Louis’ College of Fine Arts and Communications. In addition, Elizabeth served as COO of Suttle Mindlin, an international architectural design studio specializing in urban planning and development projects, and held senior positions with Herman Miller, Kimball International, and Xerox Corporation.

“Elizabeth’s experience will strengthen the team that continues our tradition as one of the nation’s most innovative opera companies,” says Board President Sue Bienkowski. “Under the leadership of Andreas Mitisek, the company has shown impressive development and we look forward to working with Elizabeth to bring LBO to the next level by expanding our audiences in Southern California and beyond.”

“It is exciting to be part of an opera company that values innovation, adventure, and thought provoking experiences,” says Ms. Kurila. “The opportunity to play a role in advancing LBO’s mission and vision through a more robust and diverse charitable giving program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Ms. Kurila is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) with a Masters in Public Policy Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. She is the past President of the UMSL Nonprofit Management and Leadership Alumni Chapter and an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Founded in 1979, Long Beach Opera (LBO) is the oldest professional opera company in the metropolitan Los Angeles/Orange County region and its success helped provide the stimulus for the subsequent founding of other opera companies in the area. Internationally known for cutting-edge interpretations of unconventional repertoire, LBO creates immediate, inventive, and often boldly avant-garde productions for an adventurous audience and stands apart from most other companies in the number of world, American, and West Coast premieres it has staged. Its performance history includes more than 100 operas, ranging from the earliest works of the 17th century to the new operas of the 21st. LBO is a recognized member of the American operatic community, enjoying funding from many sources including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the County of Los Angeles, and the City of Long Beach.

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