OPERA America Elects Seven New Members to Board of Directors
OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, is pleased to announce that seven new members were elected to the Board of Directors during the organization’s recent annual conference in Los Angeles. The newly elected members are J.A. “Gus” Blanchard, Gregory Carpenter, Rena M. DeSisto, David B. Devan,
Allen R. Freedman, Jake Heggie and Andreas Mitisek.
“I am delighted to welcome these outstanding new members to the Board of Directors,” stated OPERA America President and CEO Marc A. Scorca. “These seven individuals come from a wide range of backgrounds — each bringing a different, specific set of skills and experiences to OPERA America as we look to the future from our 40th year of leading and serving the opera community.”
Board Chairman Anthony Freud, general director of Houston Grand Opera, was also elected to a second two-year term as chairman. Current Board member Carol Penterman, CEO and executive director of Nashville Opera, was appointed to serve as the next treasurer.
The OPERA America Board of Directors meets three times per year and oversees the organization’s portfolio of programs, including professional development activities, educational offerings and grant opportunities such as The Opera Fund. The next meeting of the Board of Directors will take place in November in San Francisco.