OPERA America Announces Recipients of Its 2020 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards
Robert Ellis, San Francisco Opera
H. Bernt von Ohlen, Minnesota Opera
Linda Koehn, Des Moines Metro Opera
Phil Meyer, Pacific Opera Project
Chris and Anita Murray, Opera Las Vegas
Opera.ca Presents Its 2020 National Opera Directors Recognition Award to Elba Haid, Manitoba Opera
Bank of America Proudly Sponsors the National Opera Trustee Recognition Program for the 13th Consecutive Year
OPERA America is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2020 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards. Now in their 13th year, these awards honor outstanding trustees of U.S. opera companies for their exemplary leadership and generosity on behalf of their respective organizations. OPERA America’s Professional Company Members are invited each year to nominate one of their trustees for this award.
The recipients of the 2020 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards are Robert Ellis, San Francisco Opera; H. Bernt von Ohlen, Minnesota Opera; Linda Koehn, Des Moines Metro Opera; Phil Meyer, Pacific Opera Project (Los Angeles); and Chris and Anita Murray, Opera Las Vegas.
A selection committee chooses honorees through a competitive adjudication process from across OPERA America’s five budget groups, classified according to their annual operating budgets, recognizing that devoted trustees are essential to the success of opera companies both large and small,
The selection committee was chaired this year by OPERA America Board Member Carol Lazier (chair, San Diego Opera). Other committee members were Elizabeth Hernandez (treasurer, Opera Cultura), Holly Mayer (immediate past chair, The Dallas Opera), John Nesholm (chair, Seattle Opera), Ruth Orth (officer, Pensacola Opera) and Stacey Hunt Spier (president, El Paso Opera). Each member of the selection committee is a previous honoree of the National Opera Trustee Recognition Program.
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 Elba Haid of Manitoba Opera as the 2020 recipient of its National Opera Directors Recognition Award.
“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,” stated Marc A. Scorca, president/CEO of OPERA America.
OPERA America will pay tribute to the 2020 honorees and celebrate their remarkable achievements at a dinner and reception on Friday, March 20, 2020, in Washington, D.C. The event, which normally takes place in New York City, is being held in the nation’s capital as part of OPERA America’s 50th anniversary celebration, to recognize Washington National Opera as one of its 16 founding companies and the city of Washington, D.C., as the home of OPERA America’s headquarters from 1970 to 2005.
The Awards Dinner is part of OPERA America’s National Trustee Weekend. Trustees from opera companies across the country and members of OPERA America’s Board of Directors will have the opportunity to participate in an Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and attend performances of the recently premiered opera Blue (Tesori/Thompson), as well as Don Giovanni and Samson and Delilah, at Washington National Opera.
Since its inception 13 years ago, OPERA America’s National Opera Trustee Recognition Program has been made possible by the generosity of Bank of America. “We are delighted to be joined by Bank of America in celebrating the significant and enduring contributions of these devoted trustees,” stated Scorca. “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.”