OPERA America Welcomes Six New Members to its Board of Directors
40 Board Members and 55 Council Members now guide national programming and strategy
OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, welcomes a new class of six board members that includes creators, administrators, artist managers, and opera company trustees. They join the Board of Directors under the ongoing leadership of Chair Carol F. Henry, esteemed philanthropist and founding trustee of Los Angeles Opera.
After a unanimous vote at the annual meeting of OPERA America’s voting members, the following board members were elected to two-year terms :
- Anthony Davis, composer and pianist
- Ana De Archuleta, director of artistic operations, National Sawdust; president and CEO/founder, ADA Artist Management
- Sue Dixon, general director, Portland Opera
- Virginia Croskery Lauridsen, board chair, Des Moines Metro Opera
- Estevan Rael-Gálvez, trustee, The Santa Fe Opera
- Gene Scheer, librettist
Supplementing OPERA America’s 40-person Board of Directors, 55 individuals from across the opera field and beyond now serve alongside board members on seven programmatic Councils. These Councils were created in 2021 to expand representation and incorporate the expertise of additional administrators, artists, trustees, and others in shaping and evaluating OPERA America’s work. This broader participation brings greater diversity of age, specialty, race/ethnicity, and expertise to OPERA America’s leadership structure than ever before.
“We are grateful for the expertise our new slate of board members brings to the Board and Councils. Together, they provide us with broader insight and perspective on the field,” stated OPERA America President/CEO Marc A. Scorca. “We already have experienced the benefits of a structure that reflects our field and the communities we serve more fully.”
OPERA America extends its profound thanks to five board members whose years of service ended in June: Ned Canty, general director, Opera Memphis; Laura Kaminsky, composer; Bill Palant, managing director, Étude Arts; Jane DiRenzo Pigott, trustee, Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Dona D. Vaughn, artistic director, Opera Maine. With Kaminsky’s departure, Lee Anne Myslewski, general director of Wolf Trap Opera, has been elected as vice-chair and will serve as co-chair of the Artistic Services Council. Myslewski joins Héctor Armienta, composer and artistic director, Opera Cultura; and Susan G. Marineau, board chair, The Santa Fe Opera, as officers.
Four co-chairs, elected in 2021 to provide strategic guidance to OPERA America in stewarding the field’s pandemic recovery and commitment to racial justice, have been extended for an additional year: C. Graham Berwind, III, trustee, The Metropolitan Opera; Wayne S. Brown, president and CEO, Detroit Opera; Annie Burridge, general director and CEO, Austin Opera; and L. Michelle Smith, CEO/founder, no silos communications.