OPERA America Announces Recipients of Its 2013 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards
Lisa Erdberg (San Francisco Opera), Patricia A. Richards (Utah Symphony | Utah Opera), Cherie Shreck (Des Moines Metro Opera) and Timothy J. Wagg (Opera North) to be Honored in New York in February
Bank of America proudly sponsors the National Opera Trustee Recognition Program
OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 National Opera Trustee Recognition Award. In its sixth year, this award honors outstanding trustees of U.S. opera companies for exemplary leadership, generosity and audience-building efforts on behalf of their respective opera companies.
The recipients of the 2013 National Opera Trustee Recognition Award are Lisa Erdberg of San Francisco Opera, Patricia A. Richards of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, Cherie Shreck of Des Moines Metro Opera and Timothy J. Wagg of Opera North.
“We are delighted to be joined by Bank of America in celebrating the significant and enduring contributions of these devoted trustees,” stated Marc A. Scorca, president/CEO of OPERA America. “The National Opera Trustee Recognition Award affords the entire opera community an opportunity to salute and learn from those who have been so generous in their passion for the art form, vision and support of their opera companies.”
Each year, OPERA America professional member companies are invited to nominate one of their trustees for this award. Honorees from each of the four OPERA America budget levels are chosen by an adjudication committee through a competitive selection process.
The National Opera Trustee Recognition program is led by OPERA America Board Member Carol F. Henry (chairman of the board of directors’ executive committee, Los Angeles Opera). Committee members include: Elizabeth Eveillard (past chair of the board of trustees, The Glimmerglass Festival), Garry Fredericksen (past president of the board of directors, Indianapolis Opera), Ruth Orth (past chair of the board of trustees, Pensacola Opera) and Fillmore Wood (former vice chairman of the board of directors, Opera Pacific).
“OPERA America’s commitment to recognizing the multi-faceted contributions of opera company trustees is inspiring,” stated Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Frayda B. Lindemann, who is also a trustee of the Metropolitan Opera. “As former chairman of the National Opera Trustee Recognition Program and a current opera company trustee, I deeply admire the dedication of all the nominees and am honored to commend their achievements on a national scale.”
These honorees represent a significant range of accomplishments, generosity and a deep devotion to promoting opera in their communities. The following profiles illustrate just a few examples of their dedication.