board of directors
Dr. Frayda B. Lindemann, Chairman - Trustee, Metropolitan Opera
Dr. Frayda B. Lindemann is vice president of the Metropolitan Opera Association, as well as a member of the executive committee and a managing director of the board. In addition, she is a member of the board and chairman of the executive committee of Young Concert Artists, and she also supports the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program (LYADP) of the Metropolitan Opera. Each year, the LYADP discovers and nurtures a group of exceptionally gifted singers for individualized training through the resources of the Metropolitan Opera’s own music and artistic staffs, as well as from invited master teachers. From 1975 to 1977, she was an instructor in music at Columbia, and was also an editor of Current Musicology, a publication of Columbia University Press. For nine years after that, she was assistant professor of music history at Hunter. Lindemann’s other professional affiliations include the Palm Beach Civic Association (director), the American Musicological Society, the Alumni Association of Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the National Actors Theatre (board member) and the Parents Council at Brown University.
Marc A. Scorca, President/CEO (E-Mail)
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Since that time, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. An additional 16,000 subscribers now receive a variety of free and fee-based services. Under his leadership, OPERA America has administered two landmark funding initiatives in support of the development of North American operas and opera audiences and launched an endowment effort in 2000 to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new works and audience development activities. OPERA America's relocation from Washington, D.C. to New York City in December 2005, the first step in the construction of a National Opera Center scheduled to open in 2012, has increased communication and collaboration with and among members both locally and nationally. Scorca has led strategic planning retreats for opera companies and other cultural institutions internationally, and has participated on panels for federal, state and local funding agencies, as well as for numerous private organizations. He also appears frequently in the media on a variety of cultural issues. A strong advocate of collaboration, Scorca has led several cross-disciplinary projects, including the Performing Arts Research Coalition and the National Performing Arts Convention (2004 and 2008). He is currently a member of the US delegation to UNESCO, and serves as an officer of the board of the Performing Arts Alliance and the Curtis Institute of Music, as well as on the Music Advisory Board of Hunter College (CUNY). Scorca attended Amherst College where he graduated with high honors in both history and music.
Perryn Leech, Vice Chairman - Houston Grand Opera
Susan F. Morris, Vice Chairman – Trustee, The Santa Fe Opera
Stephen Trampe, Vice Chairman – Trustee, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Timothy O'Leary, Treasurer – Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
William Florescu, Secretary – Florentine Opera Company
Board Members
John E. Baumgardner, Jr., Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
David Bennett, San Diego Opera
Daniel Biaggi, Palm Beach Opera
J.A. (Gus) Blanchard, Trustee Emeritus, Minnesota Opera
Wayne S. Brown, Michigan Opera Theatre
Matthew Buckman, Fresno Grand Opera, Townsend Opera
Gregory Carpenter, Opera Colorado
Keith Cerny, The Dallas Opera
Emilie Roy Corey, Trustee, National Guild for Community Arts Education
Rena M. De Sisto, Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Larry Desrochers, Manitoba Opera
David B. Devan, Opera Philadelphia
Robert Ellis, Trustee, San Francisco Opera and Opera Parallèle
James Feldman, Trustee, Washington National Opera
Allen R. Freedman
Anthony Freud, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Barbara Glauber, Trustee, Boston Lyric Opera
Christopher Hahn, Pittsburgh Opera
Evan J. Hazell, Trustee, Calgary Opera
Jake Heggie, Composer
Carol F. Henry, Trustee, Los Angeles Opera
Barbara Leirvik
Charles MacKay, The Santa Fe Opera
Andreas Mitisek, Long Beach Opera, Chicago Opera Theater
Zizi Mueller, Boosey & Hawkes
Esther Nelson, Boston Lyric Opera
Eric Owens
Nicole Paiement, Opera Parallèle
Kathryn Smith, Madison Opera
Jill Steinberg, Trustee, VisionIntoArt, Original Music Workshop
Francesca Zambello, The Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera
Christina Loewen,
Nicholas Payne, Opera Europa
contact information
The National Opera Center
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New York, NY 10001

Phone: 212.796.8620
Fax: 212.796.8621

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National opera center
board of overseers
In 2013, OPERA America established the National Opera Center Board of Overseers. Members of the Board of Overseers, collectively and individually, assist the OPERA America Board of Directors and senior staff in fulfilling the vision of the National Opera Center and, through it, advancing the mission of OPERA America.

The Board of Overseers:
John E. Baumgardner, Jr.
L. Henry Cox, III
Douglas Cuomo
Elizabeth Eveillard
Sanford Fisher
Dr. Jeanne Goffi-Fynn
Jane A. Gross
Frederick W. Peters
Stephen Prystowsky, M.D.
Jane A. Robinson
Anthony Rudel
Jeri Sedlar
Michael Scimeca, M.D.
Thurmond Smithgall
Brett Stover
Gregory Swinehart
Robert Tancer
Barbara Teichert
Darren K. Woods
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