Mr. McConnell joined Tulsa Opera in 2014, after seeing the company’s Carmen. From the cast and the orchestra, to the stage, set, and the dressers – everything drew him into the world of opera, and he’s been devoted to it ever since.
Prior to his current position, Mr. McConnell served as Tulsa Opera’s Chief Administrative Officer, managing a multimillion-dollar budget, a staff of ten, plus the scores of people needed to bring an opera to life.
In 2016, Tulsa Opera ended its fiscal year with its lowest debt in a decade, and for the last three years the company has operated on a surplus.
During Mr. McConnell’s tenure at Tulsa Opera, the company has presented over 30 productions across the main stage operas and Tulsa Youth Opera and Filstrup Resident Artist presentations.