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December 10, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Seattle Opera names new chief financial officer

Richard Johnson, vice president and chief financial officer of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, has been named Seattle Opera’s CFO, the opera announced Monday.

Johnson arranged the financing and developed the financial systems, staffing, and policies for the Smith Center, a three-theater, 5-acre complex that is home to the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Nevada Ballet Theatre, which opened March 10.

From the Seattle Opera statement: “Johnson has worked for more than 30 years in executive financial and operational roles in the nonprofit performing arts industry. Prior to his engagement with The Smith Center, Johnson was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Washington National Opera in Washington, D.C. He also served for two years as Chief Financial Officer of the Boston Ballet. He was Vice President of Finance and Administration at the Orange County Performing Arts Center from its opening in 1986 through 2003. Johnson is also the co-founder and Chair of CFO/Arts, a national association of finance executives in the nonprofit arts.”

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