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Matthew Shilvock: State of the Arts

November 05, 2017

9:30 am

The San Francisco Opera General Director joins Dean Emeritus Alan Jones for a conversation about art, locally and politically.

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 am on Sunday (before The Forum) Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour



About the guest

Matthew Shilvock has devoted his career to executive management in the performing arts. After early work with New Chamber Opera in Oxford, England, and PORTopera in Portland, Maine, he became a 2002 Fellow with OPERA America, the national service organization for opera companies in North America, with assignments at Pittsburgh Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Janice Mayer & Associates, and Glimmerglass Opera. In 2003, he joined Houston Grand Opera as the General Director’s Liaison for David Gockley who served as General Director for that company from 1972–2005. Shilvock came to San Francisco Opera in 2005 as part of Gockley’s transition team, serving as General Director’s Associate (2005–2007). He was promoted to Director of New Initiatives (2007–08), Assistant General Director (2008–2010), and in 2010, Associate General Director. In his positions at San Francisco Opera, Shilvock worked closely with David Gockley on all aspects of managing this institution and nurturing innovative new projects and initiatives. He became the Company’s seventh General Director on August 1, 2016. For the Company, he has produced community events including San Francisco’s official remembrance of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in partnership with the City of San Francisco and San Francisco Interfaith Council, and a collaborative performance of the Verdi Requiem with the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples and the Italian Consulate in 2013. With oversight of cross-departmental senior teams in both stage and patron areas, Shilvock is a strategic leader and motivator who is passionate about connecting audiences with the emotional core of opera and empowering staff through a supportive, creative and fiscally responsible workplace. Matthew Shilvock was born in 1976 in Kidderminster, England. He studied music performance and history, reading music at Christ Church, Oxford University. He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with a specialization in nonprofit administration. Shilvock resides in Marin County with his wife Kate and their two children.


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About The Forum

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith, ethics and culture in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with The Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.

About the hosts

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.

Alan W. Jones was the Dean of Grace Cathedral from 1985 until January 2009. He is a prolific writer of books, articles and editorial opinions as well as a prominent lecturer in Episcopalian and academic circles both nationally and internationally. He is married to Virginia (Cricket) Jones and has three children and five grandchildren.



Gresham Hall


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