ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Kevin Hagen, former executive director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra whose fundraising prowess helped reignite Opera Southwest, died Saturday of a heart attack. He was 57.
The eldest of three brothers, Hagen spent his childhood in Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, as a voice major, then got a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in arts administration, according to his brother, Daron Hagen.
Trained as an operatic baritone singer, he held positions ranging from operations director to executive director at the Milwaukee Symphony, the Florida Symphony, the Denver Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, his brother said in an interview.
In 1997, Hagen came to New Mexico to become executive director of the now-defunct New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, where he stayed until 2007.