Sarah Billinghurst Solomon retired from the Metropolitan Opera in 2014 after a distinguished 42-year career in opera administration. Her career began at the San Francisco Opera and in 1994, she became the Assistant Manager of the Metropolitan Opera. Working alongside general managers, Joseph Volpe and Peter Gelb, and music director, James Levine, she was integral in the planning and casting of the full Met seasons. Billinghurst Solomon organized the Kirov Opera and Ballet Festivals at the Met, tours to Japan, Europe and the US, and the annual season at Carnegie Hall. Galas she organized include the Levine’s 25th and 30th Anniversaries, the Volpe Farewell, and the anniversary celebrations honoring artists such as Domingo and Pavarotti.
Billinghurst Solomon serves on the boards of the Mariinsky Foundation, Julliard School, Carnegie Hall, Santa Fe Opera, The English Concert in America, and is chair of the Women’s Health Care Council of Columbia University Medical Center.
In May, 2009 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in music from Victoria University, New Zealand.