Musical company

Heartbeat Opera co-founder and artistic director set to leave company

Heartbeat Opera has announced the departure of co-founder and artistic director Ethan Heard.

In an official statement, the company revealed that Heard, who will be leaving the New York-based company on June 30, 2022, is expected to be Associate Artistic Director of the Signature Theater in DC, where he will begin August 1, 2022.

Throughout his career with Heartbeat Opera, Heard has staged unique new productions and adaptations of works such as ‘Butterfly’, ‘Fidelio’ and ‘Kafka-Fragments’.

“Leading Heartbeat has been one of the greatest joys of my life. I am deeply proud of the work we have created, the community we are building, and the meaningful impact we have on our artists and audiences,” Heard said in an official press release. “I extend my deepest thanks to my dear colleagues, board members and supporters of Heartbeat, who champion our mission and continue to contribute so much to the success of our company. I’m sad to be parting ways with Heartbeat, which has been my artistic home and my family for the past eight years, but I look forward to staying involved with the board and watching Heartbeat continue to evolve and thrive.

Heartbeat Opera said it would be looking for new leaders in the coming months.