board of directors
Timothy O’Leary, Chair – General Director, Washington National Opera
Timothy O’Leary has been general director of Washington National Opera since 2018, where he collaborates with Artistic Director Francesca Zambello, the Board of Trustees and staff to achieve the company’s goals for artistic excellence, community impact and financial strength. Prior to joining WNO, O'Leary served for 10 years as General Director for Opera Theater of Saint Louis. Under his direction, OTSL earned acclaim for innovative programming, sustained growth in new and diverse audiences, wide-ranging community engagement projects, and financial growth. O'Leary received the St. Louis Business Journal "Innovation Award," the Norman A. Stack Community Relations Award from the St. Louis Jewish Community Relations Council, an honorary doctorate from Eden Theological Seminary, as well as a designation as a "St. Louis Superhero" by Metro Theater Company. O’Leary’s training includes an apprenticeship with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, graduate studies in theater management at Columbia University and a degree in English from Dartmouth College. His professional experience has included engagements with New York City Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Florida Grand Opera and Roundabout Theatre Company. He joined the board of OPERA America in 2011.
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.
Frayda B. Lindemann, Ph.D., Immediate Past Chair – Trustee, The Metropolitan Opera
Wayne S. Brown, Vice-Chair – Michigan Opera Theatre
Annie Burridge, Vice-Chair – Austin Opera
Laura Kaminsky, Vice-Chair
Evan J. Hazell, Treasurer – Pacific Opera Victoria
Perryn Leech, Secretary – Houston Grand Opera
Héctor Armienta, Opera Cultura
John E. Baumgardner Jr., Trustee, On Site Opera
C. Graham Berwind III, Trustee, The Metropolitan Opera
Ned Canty, Opera Memphis
Tassio Carvalho, American Airlines
Rena M. De Sisto, Bank of America
Larry Desrochers, Manitoba Opera
David B. Devan, Opera Philadelphia
Carol E. Domina, Trustee, The Metropolitan Opera; Trustee, Opera Omaha
Peggy Kriha Dye, Opera Columbus
Michael Egel, Des Moines Metro Opera
Robert Ellis, Trustee, San Francisco Opera
Anthony Freud, Lyric Opera Chicago
Barbara Glauber, Trustee, New England Conservatory
Denyce Graves-Montgomery
Carol F. Henry, Trustee, Los Angeles Opera
Carol Lazier, Trustee, San Diego Opera
Susan G. Marineau, The Santa Fe Opera
Beth Morrison, Beth Morrison Projects
Zizi Mueller, Boosey & Hawkes, Ricordi NY
Lee Anne Myslewski, Wolf Trap Opera
John Nesholm, Trustee, Seattle Opera
Bill Palant, Étude Arts
Marilyn Pearson, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Jane DiRenzo Pigott, Trustee, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Ian Rye, Pacific Opera Victoria
Matthew Shilvock, San Francisco Opera
L. Michelle Smith, no silos communications
Jill Steinberg, Trustee, National Sawdust
Ryan Taylor, Minnesota Opera
Dona D. Vaughn, Opera Maine
Roger Weitz, Opera Omaha
Carole Yaley, Trustee, Central City Opera
Emeritus Board Members
David Gockley
Charles MacKay
Susan F. Morris
Ex Officio
James M. Barton, National Opera Center Board of Overseers
Christina Loewen,
Alejandra Marti, Ópera Latinoamérica
Nicholas Payne, Opera Europa
contact information
The National Opera Center
330 Seventh Avenue • 7th & 8th Floors
New York, NY 10001

Phone: 212.796.8620
Fax: 212.796.8621

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Hours of Operation
Administrative Offices:
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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:
James M. Barton, Chair
John E. Baumgardner, Jr.
Larry Bomback
Todd L. Calvin
L. Henry Cox, III
Douglas Cuomo
Margee M. Filstrup
Dr. Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, Ed.D.
Jane A. Gross
Virginia Lauridsen
Mont S. Levy
Karen Kriendler Nelson
Frederick W. Peters
Jane A. Robinson
Anthony Rudel
Dr. Michael Scimeca, M.D.
Jeri Sedlar
Thurmond Smithgall
Shoshana Tancer
Barbara Augusta Teichert
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