Director of Lyric Opera retiring

July 7, 2010 2:05:55 PM PDT
The head of Chicago's Lyric Opera is retiring.

William Mason will leave his role as general director of the opera when his contract expires at the end of the 2011-2012 season.

Mason has led the opera company since 1997 and has been with the Lyric for more than 40 years.

A search committee will be assembled to find Mason's successor.