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General Director

Joseph Specter

Joseph Specter

Joseph Specter

Joseph Specter is an experienced administrator who draws from a deep understanding of the arts and corporate environments, and became General Director of Austin Lyric Opera in April 2012 following a national search. Joe is a former Director of Institutional Relations at the Metropolitan Opera, where he worked on corporate sponsorships, as well as public and foundation grants. Previously, he was a senior client service associate at the investment firm Lord Abbett, where he worked with institutional investors in the marketing and relationship management areas. A professional baritone in his early career, Joe earned an artist diploma from Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts, and is a graduate of the double-degree program between Tufts University and the New England Conservatory. During his time as a singer, Specter performed numerous roles through his participation with regional opera houses and young artist programs around the United States