Timothy O’Leary Elected Chairman of OPERA America Board of Directors
Eight New Members Elected to the Board and Three Members Re-Elected
OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation's leading champion for American opera, is pleased to announce that Timothy O’Leary, general director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, has been elected the new chairman of OPERA America’s board of directors. He has been involved with OPERA America since 2006, when he participated in Leadership Advance, one of the organization’s professional development programs. He joined OPERA America’s board in 2011. O’Leary was elected chairman at OPERA America’s recent annual business meeting — held during Opera Conference 2016 in Montreal — where eight new members were also elected to the board and three current members were re-elected to three-year terms.
Serving first terms on the board are Ned Canty (general director, Opera Memphis), Michael Egel (general and artistic director, Des Moines Metro Opera), Laura Kaminsky (composer), Bill Palant (founder and managing director, Étude Arts), Jane DiRenzo Pigott (managing director, R3 Group LLC, and trustee, Lyric Opera of Chicago), Yuval Sharon (artistic director, The Industry), John G. Turner (trustee, Houston Grand Opera) and Dona D. Vaughn (artistic director of opera programs, Manhattan School of Music, and artistic director, PORTopera).
O’Leary takes over the chairmanship from Frayda B. Lindemann, vice president of the Metropolitan Opera, who completed her second two-year term. Dr. Lindemann was warmly thanked for her service and valuable contributions to the organization, and she will now serve as immediate past chairman of the board, as outlined in OPERA America’s by-laws.
“I am thrilled to work with Tim in his new role, and look forward to the fresh perspective he will bring to the leadership of our organization,” stated President/CEO Marc A. Scorca. “In his roles at both OPERA America and OTSL, Tim has displayed a keen business sense, a savvy approach to new repertoire and a profound commitment to community engagement, and I’m pleased that our entire membership will benefit from his expertise in these areas. I am also delighted to welcome our eight outstanding new board members, each of whom brings valuable skills and insights to topics such as governance, career development and education.”
“It’s an honor to serve OPERA America and its mission,” stated Timothy O’Leary. “I feel privileged to follow in the footsteps of Frayda Lindemann and our other great past chairman. Thanks to them and to Marc Scorca’s leadership, OPERA America has fostered a spirit of collaboration and forward thinking that has helped make possible a golden age of creativity in American opera. At a time when live performing arts are facing new pressures and a changing landscape, I believe OPERA America’s service to our field is more valuable than ever.”
In addition to the election of new board members, three current members were re-elected to second terms: Charles MacKay (general director, The Santa Fe Opera), Nicole Paiement (artistic director, Opera Parallèle) and Kathryn Smith (general director, Madison Opera). Perryn Leech (managing director, Houston Grand Opera), Susan F. Morris (trustee, The Santa Fe Opera) and Stephen Trampe (trustee, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis) were re-elected as vice chairmen, and William Florescu (general director, Florentine Opera Company®) was re-elected as secretary. Evan J. Hazell (trustee, Calgary Opera) was newly elected to the position of board treasurer.
The OPERA America board of directors oversees the organization’s portfolio of programs, including professional development activities, research and advocacy, educational offerings, and grant initiatives. The board of directors meets three times each year, and the next meeting will take place in October in San Francisco.