OPERA America Welcomes Seven New Members to its Board Of Directors
Five Current 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 seven members have been elected to the organization’s Board of Directors. Elections took place during OPERA America’s recent Annual Business Meeting, held during Opera Conference 2017 in Dallas.
Elected to first terms are Carol E. Domina (opera patron), Denyce Graves-Montgomery (mezzo-soprano), Carol Lazier (board chair, San Diego Opera), John Nesholm (board chairman, Seattle Opera) and Matthew Shilvock (general director, San Francisco Opera). Elected to rejoin the board of directors are Rena M. De Sisto (global executive for arts and culture and women’s programs, Bank of America) and David B. Devan (general director and president, Opera Philadelphia). De Sisto and Devan both return after a rotation period off the board, as required by OPERA America’s bylaws. The term of each newly elected board member begins on July 1, 2017, and continues through June 30, 2020, the organization’s 50th anniversary year.
“I am delighted to welcome to our Board of Directors these seven outstanding new members, each of whom brings valuable skills and insights to support our work,” stated OPERA America President/CEO
Marc A. Scorca.
In addition to the election of new board members, five current members were re-elected to second terms: Larry Desrochers (general director and CEO, Manitoba Opera), Robert Ellis (trustee, San Francisco Opera and Opera Parallèle), Perryn Leech (managing director, Houston Grand Opera), Zizi Mueller (creative consultant, Boosey & Hawkes) and Jill Steinberg (trustee, VisionIntoArt). Susan F. Morris (trustee, The Santa Fe Opera) and Leech were both re-elected to additional one-year terms as vice-chairmen of the board, and Kathryn Smith (general director, Madison Opera) was elected to her first term as vice-chairman.
As of June 30, 2017, the following board members rotate off the board: David Bennett (general director, San Diego Opera), Keith Cerny (general director and CEO, The Dallas Opera), Carol F. Henry (trustee, Los Angeles Opera) and Stephen Trampe (trustee, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis). OPERA America, its members and the Board of Directors thank them for their dedicated service.
OPERA America’s Board of Directors is an action-oriented think tank that assesses trends in the field and advises the staff on the design and implementation of programs and services that address challenges and take full advantage of opportunities to advance the field. The Board of Directors meets three times each year, and the next meeting will take place in October in Chicago.