board of directors
Timothy O’Leary, Chairman – General Director, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Timothy O’Leary has been general director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis since 2008, earning acclaim for innovative programming and growth in new audiences. His tenure has brought new records for fundraising, with OTSL’s endowment growing by more than 75 percent, to exceed $29 million, and annual contributions increasing by more than 35 percent, to exceed $5.5 million per year. During O’Leary’s tenure, Opera Theatre launched its critically acclaimed New Works, Bold Voices
series, a cycle of world-premiere American operas that embrace diverse influences and tell stories of the modern era. The series has included Champion
by Terence Blanchard and Michael Cristofer, 27
by Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek, and Shalimar the Clown
by Jack Perla and Rajiv Joseph, based on the novel by Salman Rushdie. In 2016, O’Leary received the St. Louis Business Journal Innovation Award for this work, and Opera Theatre won a major grant from The Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative — one of only four U.S. opera companies to do so. Further recognition includes the Norman A. Stack Community Relations Award from the St. Louis Jewish Community Relations Council, a St. Louis Superhero award from Metro Theatre Company and the St. Louis Arts and Education Council’s Award for Excellence. O’Leary’s training includes an apprenticeship with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, graduate studies in theater management at Columbia University and a degree in English from Dartmouth College. His professional experience has included engagements with New York City Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Florida Grand Opera and Roundabout Theatre Company.
Marc A. Scorca, President/CEO
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Since that time, the OPERA America membership
has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. An additional 16,000 subscribers now receive a variety of
free and fee-based services. Under his leadership, OPERA America has administered two landmark funding initiatives in support of the development
of North American operas and opera audiences and launched an endowment effort in 2000 to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new
works and audience development activities. OPERA America's relocation from Washington, D.C. to New York City in December 2005, the first step
in the construction of a National Opera Center scheduled to open in 2012, has increased communication and collaboration with and among members
both locally and nationally. Scorca has led strategic planning retreats for opera companies and other cultural institutions internationally,
and has participated on panels for federal, state and local funding agencies, as well as for numerous private organizations. He also appears
frequently in the media on a variety of cultural issues. A strong advocate of collaboration, Scorca has led several cross-disciplinary projects,
including the Performing Arts Research Coalition and the National Performing Arts Convention (2004 and 2008). He is currently a member of the
US delegation to UNESCO, and serves as an officer of the board of the Performing Arts Alliance and the Curtis Institute of Music, as well as on
the Music Advisory Board of Hunter College (CUNY). Scorca attended Amherst College where he graduated with high honors in both history and music.
Frayda B. Lindemann, Ph.D., Immediate Past Chairman – Trustee, The Metropolitan Opera
Perryn Leech, Vice Chairman - Houston Grand Opera
Susan F. Morris, Vice Chairman – Trustee, The Santa Fe Opera
Stephen Trampe, Vice Chairman – Trustee, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Evan J. Hazel, Treasurer – Calgary Opera
William Florescu, Secretary – Florentine Opera Company
John E. Baumgardner, Jr., Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
David Bennett, San Diego Opera
Daniel Biaggi, Palm Beach Opera
Wayne S. Brown, Michigan Opera Theatre
Matthew Buckman, Fresno Grand Opera, Townsend Opera
Ned Canty, Opera Memphis
Keith Cerny, The Dallas Opera
Emilie Roy Corey, Trustee, National Guild for Community Arts Education
Larry Desrochers, Manitoba Opera
Michael Egel, Des Moines Metro Opera
Robert Ellis, Trustee, San Francisco Opera and Opera Parallèle
James Feldman, Trustee, Washington National Opera
Barbara Glauber, Trustee, Boston Lyric Opera
Christopher Hahn, Pittsburgh Opera
Carol F. Henry, Trustee, Los Angeles Opera
Charles MacKay, The Santa Fe Opera
Zizi Mueller, Boosey & Hawkes
Esther Nelson, Boston Lyric Opera
Nicole Paiement, Opera Parallèle
Bill Palant, Étude Arts
Jane DiRenzo Pigott, Trustee, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Yuval Sharon, The Industry
Kathryn Smith, Madison Opera
Jill Steinberg, Trustee, VisionIntoArt, Original Music Workshop
John G. Turner, Trustee, Houston Grand Opera
Dona D. Vaughn, PORTopera, Manhattan School of Music
Francesca Zambello, The Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera
Christina Loewen, Opera.ca
Nicholas Payne, Opera Europa
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board of overseers
In 2013, OPERA America established the National Opera Center Board of Overseers. Members of the Board of Overseers, collectively and individually, assist the OPERA America Board of Directors and senior staff in fulfilling the vision of the National Opera Center and, through it, advancing the mission of OPERA America.
The Board of Overseers:
Robert Tancer, Chairman
James M. Barton
John E. Baumgardner Jr.
L. Henry Cox III
Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, Ed.D.
Jane A. Gross
Karen Kriendler Nelson
Frederick W. Peters
Stephen Prystowsky, M.D.
Jane A. Robinson
Michael Scimeca, M.D.
Barbara Augusta Teichert
Darren K. Woods