Kentucky Opera is deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of General Director David Roth.

Mr. Roth was returning from a business trip in Des Moines and from visiting his family in Wisconsin. He was found in his car, which had run off the road. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

“David was a positive and powerful presence in the lives of many of us. He will be deeply missed. We ask that you extend your heartfelt condolences to his family and friends who loved him dearly,” said Christy Kramer, Past President, Kentucky Opera.

Mr. Roth had been the General Director of Kentucky Opera since 2006.  He moved to Louisville from Texas where he was the Finance Director of Fort Worth Opera.  Mr. Roth held a double major from University of Wisconsin in Business Administration and Vocal Performance.  Mr. Roth was a Director’s Assistant for Colin Graham, Francesca Zambello and John Copley, as well as a freelance stage director for numerous opera companies including Minnesota Opera, Baltimore Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.  Mr. Roth held the essential balance of artistic sophistication and financial acumen required to lead Kentucky Opera.

His death brings unspeakable sorrow to the Kentucky Opera organization.

Updated on July 20, 2015 at 5:48pm

The accident happened around 9:00pm on Sunday, July 19th just outside of Champaign, Illinois.

Updated on July 21, 2015 at 10:55am

Kentucky Opera has established the David D. Roth Memorial Fund. If you would like to contribute in memory of General Director, please send your donation to Kentucky Opera, 323 West Broadway, Louisville, KY. Notate your check for the David D. Roth Memorial Fund. Link here to donate online.  Or call 502-584-4500.

Updated on July 23, 2015 at 9:06am

On Sunday, July 19 at approximately 9:00pm, General Director, David Roth, died of an apparent heart attach while driving. His attack caused his car to drive into a ditch, then hit a tree head on. The cause of death has been attributed to his heart incident.

David’s family is making plans for a memorial and asks for privacy during this difficult time.

Information will be updated here as it becomes available.