Allan Naplan named President of Minnesota Opera

by Alison Young, Minnesota Public Radio
November 11, 2010

St. Paul, Minn. — Allan Naplan sings opera, produces radio programs and is an award-winning composer, but it was for his six seasons as general director of the Madison Opera where he achieved record box office sales, increased fundraising, and expanded the season that the Minnesota Opera wooed him away to serve as the organization's president.

Beginning this March, the Minnesota Opera welcomes Allan Naplan as their President and General Director

After a national search, the board feels they've found just the right guy to replace outgoing President Kevin Smith who served the opera for 30 years.

Allan Naplan brings a keen musical sensibility. He's an accomplished musician in his own right with compositions performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Avery Fisher Hall, the White House and in 36 foreign countries.

Naplan's "An American Anthem" was chosen to be the inaugural wake-up song for NASA astronauts on Space Shuttle Columbia.

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