Carole Charnow, who as general director of Opera Boston has overseen the company's tremendous growth, is leaving to take over as the president and chief executive officer of the Children's Museum.
Charnow arrived at the Boston Academy of Music in 1996, working first under Richard Conrad. After Conrad stepped down before the 2002-2003 season, Charnow was appointed to take over the company and remade it as Opera Boston. The organization, in 1996, had a less than $200,000 budget and no subscribers. Now, Opera Boston has a $2.8 million annual budget and over 1,400 subscribers.
"I'm very excited," she said. "This is a coming together of many aspects of my career up until this point and I'm very excited to make a deeper commitment to the children and families of Boston. I'm also excited for Opera Boston ... I leave at a time when it's in outstanding shape and I'm excited to be part of the growth. They've given me a new title, general director emeritus, and I will use that proudly."
Charnow will stay with Opera Boston through the end of July and start at the Children's Museum on August 15.