Austin Opera announced today that it has named Annie Burridge as its general director. Burridge currently serves as managing director of Opera Philadelphia.

Burridge will assume her new position in Novembe with a 5-year contract through October 2021.

Burridge has been with of Opera Philadelphia in a variety of administrative and development positions since 2007. She was named managing director last year.

She studied voice performance and business at Penn State University, and holds two master’s degrees from the New England Conservatory, as well as a master’s certificate in nonprofit administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

She began her professional career in 2004 as a Young Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera.

Burridge replaces Joseph Specter who resigned in June to take a job at Arizona Opera. The organization has since had two interim general managers.