OPERA America Welcomes 10 New Members to its Board Of Directors
Four 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 ten members have been elected to its Board of Directors. Elections took place at OPERA America’s February board meeting in New York City and at its Annual Business Meeting, held in June during Opera Conference 2018 in St. Louis.
Elected to first terms are Annie Burridge (general director and CEO, Austin Opera), Tassio Carvalho (senior manager, operations research and advanced analytics, American Airlines), Anthony Freud (general director, president and CEO, Lyric Opera of Chicago), Carol F. Henry (trustee, Los Angeles Opera), Susan G. Marineau (trustee, The Santa Fe Opera), L. Michelle Smith (director of public relations, AT&T Global Marketing Organization), Robert S. Tancer (trustee, Arizona Opera), Ryan Taylor (president and general director, Minnesota Opera), Roger Weitz (general director, Opera Omaha) and Carole Yaley (trustee, Central City Opera). Freud and Henry both return after a rotation period off the board, as required by OPERA America’s bylaws. The terms of the newly elected board members continue through June 30, 2021.
“I am delighted to welcome to our Board of Directors these 10 outstanding new members, each of whom brings valuable skills and insights to enrich our work,” stated OPERA America President/CEO Marc A. Scorca.
In addition to the election of new board members, four current members were re-elected to second terms: John E. Baumgardner Jr. (partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP), Wayne S. Brown (president and CEO, Michigan Opera Theatre), Barbara Glauber (trustee, New England Conservatory) and Evan J. Hazell (trustee, Pacific Opera Victoria).
Timothy O’Leary (general director, Washington National Opera) was re-elected to an additional two-year term as chair of the board. Wayne S. Brown and Kathryn Smith (general director, Madison Opera) were both re-elected to additional one-year terms as vice-chairs of the board, and composer Laura Kaminsky was elected to her first term as vice-chair, becoming the first artist to serve as an OPERA America board officer. Perryn Leech (managing director, Houston Grand Opera) was elected secretary.
On June 30, the following board members rotated off the board: Daniel Biaggi (general director, Palm Beach Opera), James Feldman (trustee, Washington National Opera), Christopher Hahn (general director, Pittsburgh Opera), Barbara Leirvik, Susan F. Morris (trustee, The Santa Fe Opera), Esther Nelson (general and artistic director, Boston Lyric Opera) and Francesca Zambello (artistic director, Washington National Opera; artistic and general director, The Glimmerglass Festival). In addition, Charles MacKay (general director, The Santa Fe Opera) will retire at the end of Santa Fe’s festival season later this month, and, consequently, his board membership as a general director will come to an end after decades of distinguished service to OPERA America, especially as board chair. OPERA America, its members and the Board of Directors thank these board members 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 November in Los Angeles.