San Francisco Opera General Director 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.