SSO Managing Director Rory Jeffes Heads to Opera Australia

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Managing Director Rory Jeffes Announces Departure

SSO Rory Jeffes

Thursday 20 April 2017: After twelve years with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, including the last eight as Managing Director, Rory Jeffes has today announced his departure from the organisation to become CEO of Opera Australia.

“This was a very difficult decision for me given this extraordinary organisation that is the SSO. But after a significant time leading the company, I see the role of Opera Australia CEO as a new challenge that I am excited to take on.

“There is a wonderful sense of unity of purpose in the SSO and a restless ambition for the future. I will miss greatly working with the musicians of the SSO – their artistry and dedication to the artform has always inspired me to pursue the very best for the orchestra – as well as the dedicated staff and Board who work so tirelessly behind the scenes,” said Jeffes.

Of the departure, SSO Chief Conductor and Artistic Director David Robertson said: “Rory is one of the finest arts administrators I have known, and I will miss working with him. Nevertheless, the Orchestra’s artistic vibrancy is deeply rooted and I’m confident will continue under a new chief executive.”

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