General director of the Houston Grand Opera from 1972 until 2005. He was named director of the San Francisco Opera in 2006.
He attended Brown University, where he was a member of the Jabberwocks, and Columbia University.
He was president of OPERA America. He continued on its board once his term ended.
He had three children named Meredith, Lauren, and Adam.
He presented a version of Dolores Claiborne, based on the novel by Stephen King, at the San Francisco Opera.