Associated Press

NEW YORK ó Paul Kellogg, New York City Opera's general and artistic director, announced plans to retire at the end of next season, after more than 11 years with the company.
Kellogg also said yesterday he will step down as artistic director of the Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown. He has been with that company since 1979.
"This has been a hard decision," the 68-year-old director said, "but I will have run two opera companies for 29 years, and that's probably enough. ... It's been a wonderfully exciting and satisfying time ... but it's mostly a 15-hour day, seven-days-a-week job that is probably better suited to someone 45 years old."
Kellogg, who started with City Opera in January 1996, will step down in June 2007, giving the company two years to find a replacement. He will leave the Glimmerglass Opera at the end of its 2006 summer season.
His association with both companies resulted in 30 shared productions over the last 10 years, with three others in the works.
Under Kellogg's leadership, City Opera added 62 new productions to its repertory, including Baroque operas, innovative re-imaginings of standard and rarely performed works, and the premieres of operas by American composers including Michael Torke, Jake Heggie, Mark Adamo, and Charles Wuorinen.
Kellogg also said the prospect of finding a new home for the City Opera looked positive, although he declined to discuss specifics. The company performs at Lincoln Center's State Theater, near its larger neighbor ó the Metropolitan Opera Company.

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