Boyer new Mississippi Opera executive director

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — As the Mississippi Opera enters its 66th season, it has a new executive director.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that Sherry Castle Boyer moved up from marketing director.

She replaces Elizabeth Buyan, who is now associate director of institutional advancement at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Buyan says her own accomplishments include cutting overall debt by almost $200,000 and hiring Boyer in 2008.

Boyer says that as artistic director Jay Dean approaches his second season, plans include sponsoring a cabaret series that features five performers with ties to Mississippi. Boyer says it won’t be all opera.

The opera also just started a family division.

The coming season features “Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo (ZHAK-uh-moh) Puccini (poo-CHEE-nee) and “The Elixer of Love” by Gaetano (gy-TAH-no) Donizetti.