OPERA America Announces Recipients of Its 2016 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards
Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer, The Metropolitan Opera
Jacqueline Badger Mars, Washington National Opera
Michele S. Fabrizi, Pittsburgh Opera
Martha Rivers Ingram, Nashville Opera
Cynthia du Pont Tobias, OperaDelaware
Opera.ca Presents Its 2016 National Opera Directors Recognition Award to Bernard Stotland, Opéra de Montréal
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 its 2016 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards. Now in its ninth year, these awards honor outstanding trustees of U.S. opera companies for their exemplary leadership, generosity and audience-building efforts on behalf of their respective opera companies.
The recipients of the 2016 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards are Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer, The Metropolitan Opera (New York, NY); Jacqueline Badger Mars, Washington National Opera (Washington, D.C.); Michele S. Fabrizi, Pittsburgh Opera; Martha Rivers Ingram, Nashville Opera; and Cynthia du Pont Tobias, OperaDelaware (Wilmington, DE).
OPERA America will pay tribute to the 2016 honorees and celebrate their remarkable achievements at a dinner and reception on Friday, February 19, in New York City.
“We are delighted to be joined by Bank of America for the ninth consecutive year in celebrating the significant and enduring contributions of these devoted trustees,” stated Marc A. Scorca, president/CEO of OPERA America. “Successful opera companies depend on effective boards. The National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards afford 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 Company Members are invited to nominate one of their trustees for this award. One honoree is chosen from each of OPERA America’s four budget levels, recognizing that devoted trustees are an integral part of opera companies large and small. In light of the stellar nominations this year, the committee elected to honor an additional trustee, Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer of The Metropolitan Opera, in special recognition of her contributions to The Met: Live in HD.
Through a competitive adjudication process, honorees are chosen by the National Opera Trustee Recognition Program selection committee, chaired by OPERA America Board Member Carol F. Henry (chairman of the board of directors’ executive committee, Los Angeles Opera). Other 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), Beth Madison (chair of the board of trustees, Houston Grand 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 multifaceted contributions of opera company trustees is inspiring,” stated Ms. Henry. “As an opera company trustee, I understand the level of dedication the nominees make to the art form and to the opera companies they love. Therefore, I am deeply honored to commend their achievements on a national scale.”
OPERA America’s commitment to recognizing excellence in governance is shared by its sister organization, Opera.ca, the Canadian national association for opera. Opera.ca honors Bernard Stotland, FCPA, FCA, of Opéra de Montréal as the 2016 recipient of its National Opera Directors Recognition Award. A recognized community leader, Bernard Stotland has been significantly involved with the health and cultural life of Montrealers for decades through two long-term contributions to the Jewish General Hospital of Montréal and to Opéra de Montréal, where he has served for 14 years.
OPERA America’s National Opera Trustee Recognition Program is made possible by the generous support of Bank of America. “The Bank’s long-term sponsorship of this program illustrates its commitment to supporting effective leadership across the opera community, for which we are profoundly grateful,” stated Scorca.
The honorees display a significant range of accomplishments, profound generosity and a deep devotion to promoting opera in their communities. The following profiles illustrate just a few examples of their dedication.