Chicago Opera Theater taps Fogel as new board president

Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 10:37 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Henry Fogel

Chicago Opera Theater has named Henry Fogel as president of the company’s board of directors this week.

“It is an incredible honor for me to be asked to serve as president of Chicago Opera Theater,” said Fogel in a statement released by the company. “COT has a long and wonderful record of great and innovative artistic achievement, which has been carried to new heights in the past year by Andreas Mitisek.  The ability to work with the highly engaged and committed board, with Andreas and his excellent staff, is both an opportunity and a responsibility to which I look forward.”

A COT board member since 2009, Fogel is currently dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He served as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1985-2003 and president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras from 2003-2008.

Fogel succeeds Gregory O’Leary, president since 2010, who will remain a member of the company’s executive committee.

“We all express tremendous gratitude to Greg for his transformational guidance through COT’s time of leadership change and growth,” said COT’s general director Andreas Mitisek. “We are fortunate to have Henry volunteer his immense expertise to succeed Greg.”

Chicago Opera Theater closes its 2013 season with Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco (Joan of Arc), which opens September 21.

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