Remembering Plato Karayanis
Plato Karayanis, former longtime general director of The Dallas Opera and chairman of OPERA America’s Board of Directors from 1993 to 1996, passed away on April 29 at the age of 93. Born on December 26, 1928, in Pittsburgh, Karayanis studied voice at Carnegie Mellon University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1952. He continued his opera studies with the legendary Boris Goldovsky at the Berkshire Music Festival (now Tanglewood) before attending the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, where he graduated with an Artist Diploma in 1956. While at Curtis, he met his future wife, the mezzo-soprano Dorothy Krebill, who went on to enjoy a stage career at Lyric Opera of Chicago and other noteworthy companies.