Arizona Musicfest Appoints Naplan as Executive Director
Allan E. Naplan, former president and general director of the Minnesota Opera, has been appointed as executive director of our own award-winning renowned Arizona Musicfest. Naplan has enjoyed a 20-year career as a performing artist, composer, educator and arts administrator, and was carefully chosen as the result of a national search, led by former board chairman Chuck Goldthwaite and the Arizona Musicfest Committee.
Naplan began his career as an opera singer and transitioned to administration as a member of the staff of Houston Grand Opera. He served as director of artistic administration of Pittsburgh Opera before being appointed general director of Madison Opera, where he transformed the company through his leadership in fundraising, audience development, and financial management as well as repertoire and productions, educational programs, and community engagement.
At Minnesota Opera, Naplan enhanced the company’s community engagement and education activities, oversaw major gift cultivation, and introduced enhancements to the company’s marketing and public profile. During his time with the company, the organization produced the world premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera by Kevin Puts, Silent Night.
As a published composer, Naplan’s works, which are standard repertoire for children’s choirs, have been performed and recorded in over 40 countries, and have been featured at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the White House, and aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.