staff listings
Marc A. Scorca, President/CEO (e-mail)
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support 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 related audience development activities. In 2005, Scorca spearheaded OPERA America’s relocation from Washington, D.C. to New York City and the subsequent construction of the National Opera Center, which opened in 2012. The Opera Center’s audition recital hall was recently dedicated as Marc A. Scorca Hall in honor of his 25th anniversary with the organization.

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 played an instrumental role in the founding of and Opera Europa, OPERA America’s sister organizations. 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 has served as a member of the U.S. delegation to UNESCO and currently serves as an officer of the Performing Arts Alliance, a member of the Board of Overseers of the Curtis Institute of Music and on the Music Advisory Board of Hunter College (CUNY). Due in large part to Scorca’s contributions to the organization, OPERA America was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in 2013. Scorca attended Amherst College, where he graduated with high honors in both history and music.
President's Office
Kurt Howard, Managing Director (e-mail | 212.796.8624)
Kevin M. Sobczyk, CIO (e-mail)
Traci Schanke, Assistant to the President (e-mail | 212.796.8623)
Artistic Programs and Services
Laura Lee Everett, Director of Artistic Services (e-mail | 212.796.8625)
Jeffrey S. Larson, Artistic Services Manager (e-mail | 646.699.5240)
Justin A. Giles, Artistic Services Coordinator (e-mail | 646.699.5239)
Dan Cooperman, Director of Development (e-mail | 646.699.5266)
Barbara Thomson, Development Manager (e-mail | 646.699.5258)
Education and Professional Development
Leah D. Wilson, Director of Learning and Leadership (e-mail | 646.699.5263)
Finance, Operations, Research and Member Services
Susan Schultz, Controller (e-mail | 646.699.5259)
Ben Newman, Company Services Manager (e-mail | 646.699.5237) — Advertising Contact
Shannon Jackson, Senior Research Manager (e-mail | 646.699.5243)
Government Affairs
Brandon Gryde, Director of Government Affairs — Dance/USA and OPERA America (e-mail | 202.375.7523)
Marketing and Communications
Patricia Kiernan Johnson, Director of Marketing and Communications (e-mail | 212.796.8628)
Audrey Saccone, Digital Media Manager (e-mail | 646.699.5245)
Nicholas Wise, Communications and Publications Manager (e-mail | 646.699.5244)
Matthew Sigman, Editor, Opera America Magazine (e-mail | 646.699.5294)
James Ty Cumbie, Art Director (e-mail | 646.699.5242)
National Opera Center Staff
Nicholas Roberts, Opera Center Senior Manager (e-mail | 212.796.8629)
Sarah McCann, Opera Center Assistant Manager (e-mail)
John Lynd, Opera Center Facilities and Technical Manager (e-mail)

Anne Ciarlone, Customer Service Associate (e-mail)
Vincent Covatto, Customer Service Associate (e-mail)
Noelle Deutsch, Customer Service Associate (e-mail)
Brittany Knapp, Customer Service Associate (e-mail)
Alyssa Meyers, Customer Service Associate (e-mail)
Wayne Paul, Customer Service Associate (e-mail)
Jude Thomas, Customer Service Associate (e-mail)
Katherine Yip, Customer Service Associate (e-mail)
contact information
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Phone: 212.796.8620
Fax: 212.796.8621

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