His extraordinary career as General Director at San Francisco Opera from 2006-2016, has allowed him to commission new operas, such as Two Women and The Bonesetter’s Daughter, and in result of his avant-garde leadership, leave a lasting footprint on American Opera as a whole. His vision for the company, passion for the arts, and desire to pass on the opera tradition drove him to discover and flourish young talent—giving them the ability to perform new roles. During David Gockley’s time as General Director at San Francisco Opera, he gave 282 artists the chance to debut new roles. Here are the most notable!