OPERA America Creates New Honors Initiative: National Opera Trustee Recognition Program
OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, in partnership with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, announces the 2008 Recipients of the National Opera Trustee Recognition Award to recognize opera company board members for their exemplary leadership, support and audience building efforts on behalf of their respective opera companies and the communities they serve.
The honorees are Ms. Betty W. Healey, Opera Birmingham; Ms. Sally S. Levy, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Ms. Jane A. Robinson, Florida Grand Opera; and Mr. G. Whitney Smith, Fort Worth Opera.
OPERA America’s commitment to recognizing excellence in governance stems from a core belief that the strength of an opera company is directly linked to the quality of governance demonstrated by its board members. Through this new annual Program, the service of extraordinary trustees whose efforts help to ensure the health of opera companies and the art form’s availability for future generations are acknowledged and celebrated.
By highlighting the accomplishments of individual board members nationally, the annual National Opera Trustee Recognition Program assists in strengthening the relationships between opera companies and their trustees, highlights the tenets of good governance and celebrates models of trustee and volunteer excellence.
“Since trustees play a critical role in developing their local opera company as a cultural pillar in their community, it is fitting that we join OPERA America to honor ‘the best of the best,’” said Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa, president, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. “As a leading national sponsor of arts and culture programs that bolster and enrich the communities in which we live and work, we are pleased to sponsor this noble initiative.”
“Trust is an essential element in any relationship,” stated Marc A. Scorca, President & CEO of OPERA America. “Board members of opera companies hold the institution in trust for the community and establish credibility for the organization. We are delighted to be joined by U. S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management in presenting this award to recognize the significant role that board members play in the ongoing success and viability of opera.”
All trustees of OPERA America member companies are eligible to be nominated for the honor; companies submit only one nomination. An adjudication committee oversees the selection process choosing one honoree from each of four different budget levels. Those selected are saluted at an award dinner attended by fellow opera company trustees, board members of OPERA America, U.S. Trust/Bank of America leadership and performing artists. The inaugural Program event, including a reception, dinner, award presentation and brief recital will take place in New York City on January 26, 2008.
Each of the 2008 honorees represents a significant range of accomplishments and a deep commitment and generosity to promoting opera in their community. The following profiles illustrate a small percentage that all recipients have done for their respective opera companies.