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Thursday, May 7 • 9:15am - 10:30am
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Opera Conference 2015
will kick off with a welcome from FRANCESCA ZAMBELLO, artistic director of Washington National Opera, FRAYDA B. LINDEMANN, Ph.D., OPERA America’s board chairman, and RHONDA SWEENEY, president, Opera Volunteers International. MARC A. SCORCA, OPERA America’s president/CEO, presents strategic context for increasing opera’s civic impact and invites renowned mezzo-soprano DENYCE GRAVES-MONTGOMERY to share her perspective on the power of opera to change lives and strengthen communities. The session will close with insightful keynote remarks from ROBERTO BEDOYA, executive director, Tucson Pima Arts Council, that will launch field-wide discussion throughout the conference and beyond.

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Roberto Bedoya

Executive Director, Tucson Pima Arts Council
Roberto Bedoya is the executive director of the Tucson Pima Arts, (TPAC) Tucson AZ, where he has instituted the innovative P.L.A.C.E. (People, Land, Arts, Culture and Engagement) Initiative, a civic engagement/placemaking platform that supports artists’ projects that address critical community issues. He has consistently supported artists-centered cultural practices and advocated for expanded definitions of inclusion and belonging... Read More →
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Denyce Graves-Montgomery

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Frayda Lindemann

Chairman of the Board, OPERA America
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... Read More →
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Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA America
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support 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... Read More →
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Rhonda Sweeney

President, Opera Volunteers International
Rhonda Sweeney is in her 3rd year as President of Opera Volunteers International and is a former President and Lifetime Trustee of the Houston Grand Opera Guild. Rhonda is a Houston Grand Opera Trustee serving on 3 key committees related to fundraising. She is also involved as a volunteer Director for the Houston District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, as well as President for the University of Houston's Moores School... Read More →
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Francesca Zambello

Artistic Director, Washington National Opera
Francesca Zambello is the Artistic Director of Washington National Opera. She has directed many WNO productions, including Of Mice and Men (debut in 2001), Fidelio (2003), Die Walküre (2003 and 2007), Billy Budd (2004), Porgy and Bess (2005 and 2010), Das Rheingold (2006), Siegfried (2009), Salome (2010), Show Boat (2013), The Force of Destiny (2013), and the world premiere children’s opera The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me (2013). Since... Read More →

Thursday May 7, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am
Salon A-E - Washington Marriott 1221 22nd St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

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