Roth was most recently the director of finance at Fort Worth Opera; previously, he served as director of production for the Texas company. He has directed productions for Minnesota Opera, Baltimore Opera, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and assisted Francesca Zambello, John Copley, and other directors.
Roth replaces Deborah Sandler, who stepped down in August 2005 after seven years. Finance director Susan Martin and production manager Kevin Ramach have been overseeing Kentucky Opera since her departure.
Board president David McCalpin said, "The search went extremely well, and it was a tough choice between several highly qualified candidates. What made Roth stand out was not only his impeccable artistic and administrative credentials; he is a consensus builder and will be able to build and maintain an excellent team environment."
The Louisville-based Kentucky Opera is 53 years old. The company's current season includes Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Mark Adamo's Little Women, and Rossini's Barber Of Seville.