board of directors
Timothy O’Leary, Chair – 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 (E-Mail)
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 Chair – Trustee, The Metropolitan Opera
Wayne S. Brown, Vice-Chair – Michigan Opera Theatre
Laura Kaminsky, Vice-Chair
Kathryn Smith, Vice-Chair – Madison Opera
Evan J. Hazell, Treasurer – Pacific Opera Victoria
Perryn Leech, Secretary - Houston Grand Opera
Board Members
John E. Baumgardner Jr., Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Annie Burridge, Austin Opera
Ned Canty, Opera Memphis
Tassio Carvalho, American Airlines
Rena M. De Sisto, Bank of America
Larry Desrochers, Manitoba Opera
David B. Devan, Opera Philadelphia
Carol E. Domina, The Metropolitan Opera
Michael Egel, Des Moines Metro Opera
Robert Ellis, Trustee, San Francisco Opera, Opera Parallèle
Anthony Freud, Lyric Opera Chicago
Barbara Glauber, Trustee, New England Conservatory
Denyce Graves-Montgomery
Carol F. Henry, Los Angeles Opera
Carol Lazier, Trustee, San Diego Opera
Susan G. Marineau, (The Santa Fe Opera)
Zizi Mueller, Boosey & Hawkes
John Nesholm, Trustee, Seattle Opera
Nicole Paiement, Opera Parallèle
Bill Palant, Étude Arts
Jane DiRenzo Pigott, Trustee, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Yuval Sharon, The Industry
Matthew Shilvock, San Francisco Opera
L. Michelle Smith, AT&T Global Financial
Jill Steinberg, Trustee, VisionIntoArt, Original Music Workshop
Robert Tancer, Arizona Opera
Ryan Taylor, Minnesota Opera
John G. Turner, Trustee, Houston Grand Opera
Dona D. Vaughn, Opera Maine, Manhattan School of Music
Roger Weitz, Opera Omaha
Carole Yaley, Central City Opera
James M. Barton, National Opera Center Board of Overseers
Christina Loewen,
Alejandra Marti, Ópera Latinoamérica
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:
James M. Barton, Chair
John E. Baumgardner, Jr.
Larry Bomback
L. Henry Cox, III
Douglas Cuomo
Dr. Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, Ed.D.
Jane A. Gross
Margee M. Filstrup
Virginia Lauridsen
Karen Kriendler Nelson
Frederick W. Peters
Jane A. Robinson
Anthony Rudel
Dr. Michael Scimeca, M.D.
Jeri Sedlar
Thurmond Smithgall
Robert Tancer
Barbara Augusta Teichert
Darren K. Woods
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