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Khori Dastoor

Incoming HGO General Director and CEO

"Opera is for those who seek it, and those who find something truthful in it. And, lucky for people who live in Houston, Texas, they live next to one of the finest world-class institutions."

Meet Khori Dastoor, HGO's incoming General Director and CEO

Khori Dastoor has been named the new General Director and Chief Executive Officer of Houston Grand Opera, and holder of the Margaret Alkek Williams Chair. She will begin her new role with HGO full-time as of January 2022. She will assume responsibility for HGO’s strategic vision, fiscal condition, artistic merit, labor relations, and reputation both nationally and internationally.  

Khori is an entrepreneurial and data-driven leader with a proven record of organizational transformation and a clear vision for the future of opera. She is committed to the integration of technology-based advancements, the diversification of traditional revenue models, the establishment of unconventional collaborations, and the expansion of access to the art form to all communities.  

She joins the HGO team from Opera San José (OSJ), where she served as General Director. Through her strategic vision, OSJ achieved record budget surpluses, enjoyed dramatic growth of held cash and investments, launched the nation’s first COVID relief fund for artists and musicians, established a new digital media studio dedicated solely to producing opera, distributed content to over 30 partner companies nationwide, and increased the company’s patron base to include a worldwide audience for the first time in the company’s 37-year history. 

She serves on the Board of Directors for Opera America where she is the co-chair of the Learning and Leadership Council and is a founding member and mentor for the Mentorship Program for Opera Leaders of Color.  She also serves on the  Aspen Music Festival & School Alumni Committee, is a graduate of  American Express Women in Music Leadership Academy, and previously served as the San Francisco District Director of Metropolitan Opera National Council  Auditions. Previously, Khori served as Associate Director of The Packard Humanities Institute, a private family foundation dedicated to the conservation and advancement of art, music, and archaeology. 

Khori holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree in opera studies from UCLA. She and her husband are the proud parents of two young daughters.

Press Announcement 

To learn more about Khori Dastoor's new appointment, read our official press release here. 

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