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Annie Burridge

Annie Burridge

Annie Burridge ('00 B.M.) has been name managing director of Opera Philadelphia. In this new position, she joins the artistic planning team and assumes responsibility for implementing the company’s business plan.

Equipped with degrees in vocal performance, opera, and nonprofit administration, Annie joined Opera Philadelphia in 2007 and most recently served as Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement, overseeing the development, marketing, and communications departments. She led the company’s recent name change and rebranding efforts, and has also conducted groundbreaking consumer research exploring the matrix of factors influencing today’s entertainment purchasing decisions. During her seven-year tenure as the company’s chief development officer, contributed income increased 76%.

Burridge also serves as adjunct faculty at Drexel University, where she has taught Writing for the Arts and Fund Development for the Arts in the arts administration graduate program. Before switching her focus to administration, she performed with numerous opera companies and orchestras, and was a young artist with Des Moines Metro Opera and Pensacola Opera. She holds a graduate certificate in nonprofit administration from the University of Pennsylvania; a M.M. in voice performance and a M.M. in opera studies from the New England Conservatory; and was the Marshall of the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State, where she earned a B.M. in voice performance with a minor in business administration.

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