OPERA America Announces Recipients of Its 2017 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards
Holly Mayer, The Dallas Opera
Carol Lazier, San Diego Opera
R. Marsh Gibson, Opera Memphis
Jerry Clack, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh
Opera.ca Presents Its 2017 National Opera Directors Recognition Award to Evan Hazell, Calgary Opera
Bank of America proudly sponsors the National Opera Trustee Recognition Program for the 10th consecutive year
OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation's leading champion for American opera, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2017 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards, selected from a record number of nominations. Now in their 10th 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 organizations.
The recipients of the 2017 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards are Holly Mayer, The Dallas Opera; Carol Lazier, San Diego Opera; R. Marsh Gibson, Opera Memphis; and Jerry Clack, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.
OPERA America will pay tribute to the 2017 honorees and celebrate their remarkable achievements at a dinner and reception on Friday, February 24, in New York City. In tribute to Bank of America for its 10 years of program support, OPERA America has commissioned a song cycle titled Fierce Grace: Jeannette Rankin. The evening will feature a performance of one of the songs from the cycle, and a CD of the entire song cycle will be released at the event.
"We are delighted to be joined by Bank of America for the 10th 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’s Professional Company Members are invited to nominate one of their trustees for this award. Through a competitive adjudication process, honorees are chosen by a National Opera Trustee Recognition Program selection committee, chaired this year by OPERA America Board Member Carol F. Henry (chairman of the executive committee, Los Angeles Opera). The other committee members were Elizabeth M. Eveillard (managing director, the Metropolitan Opera, and life trustee, The Glimmerglass Festival), Noémi Neidorff (chairman, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis), John F. Nesholm (chairman, Seattle Opera) and Ruth W. Orth (immediate past chairman, Pensacola Opera).
Recognizing that devoted trustees are integral to opera companies both large and small, the selection committee chooses honorees from across OPERA America’s budget groups. These groupings classify OPERA America’s Professional Company Members according to their annual operating budgets.
"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 Evan Hazell of Calgary Opera as the 2017 recipient of its National Opera Directors Recognition Award. Hazell is the past board chair of Calgary Opera.
Since its inception 10 years ago, OPERA America’s National Opera Trustee Recognition Program has been made possible by the generosity 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.