Exclusive: George Steel to Be Named General Manager of New York City Opera

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New York City Opera will announce the appointment of George Steel as its general manager as soon as this evening, two sources with insider knowledge of the situation told Vulture today. Steel, the former director of Columbia University's Miller Theater and the current general director of the Dallas Opera, has been NYCO's rumored choice since mid-December, but has denied being offered a job by the company.

Bloomberg News first reported Steel's association with the job, but was then forced to retract its story after Steel denied it. When we spoke with him on December 23, after learning from former City Opera executive director Mark Weinstein that his appointment was still likely, Steel denied it again: "Have I ever spoken with them?" he said of his contact with NYCO board members. "Of course. Am I in negotiations with them? No." But we're already over it — welcome to New York, George!

(Neither Steel nor board chairwoman Susan Baker could be reached for comment.)

Update: Confirmation from the Times.

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