Christopher Koelsch joined the LA Opera staff in 1997 and has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since 2012.
Mr. Koelsch oversees all aspects of artistic planning, including repertoire development, music administration, the casting of artists, and the selection of guest conductors, working alongside General Director Plácido Domingo and Music Director James Conlon. He has overseen the creation of more than 35 new productions, including seven world premieres, and works directly with creative teams to manage every phase of development from initial conception to opening night. He has overseen the production of eight television recordings, including Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, which won two Grammy Awards upon its DVD release. He oversees every aspect of the company’s strategic resources, including board development, fundraising, branding, marketing, public relations and educational administration. Under Mr. Koelsch’s leadership, the company has successfully launched its “Off Grand” initiative, institutionalizing experimentation with subject, form and venue for opera. He has guided LA Opera through a remarkable period of reinvention, emphasizing fiscal responsibility, the highest standards of artistic excellence, and significant growth in both the diversity of repertory and audiences alike.