Sarasota Opera has announced that Scott Guinn has been named its new director of development, effective July 1. A former singer, Guinn first joined Sarasota Opera in 2006 as a studio artist, singing the role of Schaunard in La bohème and performing as an outreach singer in the fall of 2007. He joined the company in an administrative capacity as assistant to the executive director between 2011-2014. He returned during the 2020 Winter Opera Festival as senior individual giving officer.
Guinn has performed both leading and supporting baritone roles with New York City Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Knoxville Opera, and others. He transitioned his career into arts administration in 2011. In addition to his previous roles with Sarasota Opera, he also worked as major gifts associate and interim development director for Asolo Repertory Theatre, and as development director for Knoxville Opera.