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Friday, May 5 • 9:00am - 10:15am
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Opera Conference 2017 will kick off with opening remarks from Marc A. Scorca, president/CEO of OPERA America, along with warm welcomes from Keith Cerny, general director and CEO of The Dallas Opera, Rhonda Sweeney, president, Opera Volunteers International, and Ann Meier Baker, director of music and opera at the National Endowment for the Arts. Hear from artists who are shaping our art form through their cooperative work.

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Ann Meier Baker

Music & Opera Director, National Endowment for the Arts
Ann Meier Baker was appointed the director of Music & Opera at the National Endowment for the Arts in January 2015. She oversees the NEA’s grantmaking in music and opera, and manages the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships.  Previously, Baker served as president and CEO of Chorus America... Read More →
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Mark Campbell

Librettist, Independent
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Keith Cerny

Kern Wildenthal General Director & CEO, The Dallas Opera
Keith Cerny’s career spans music, technology and business. He began studying piano at the age of 10, and made his debut two years later performing Beethoven’s first piano concerto with the Berkeley Youth Orchestra. He subsequently studied Music and Physics at the University of... Read More →
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Jake Heggie

Composer, Bent Pen Music, Inc
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Elaine J McCarthy

Projection Designer, Vermilion Border Productions
Ms. McCarthy's international career spans over 20 years in nearly every area of live performance. Her opera credits include Great Scott, Iolanta, La Wally/Everest, Tristan und Isolde, and Moby Dick with The Dallas Opera, Cold Mountain with The Santa Fe Opera, Mazeppa with The Metropolitan... Read More →
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Timothy O'Leary

General Director, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Timothy O’Leary has been General Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis since 2008, heading a leadership team that includes OTSL Music Director Stephen Lord and Artistic Director James Robinson. Mr. O’Leary currently also serves as Chairman of the Board of OPERA America, the... Read More →
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Nicole Paiement

Principal Guest Conductor, The Dallas Opera
Nicole Paiement (Opera Parallèle Artistic Director, Conductor, Founder) has gained an international reputation as a conductor of contemporary music and opera. Her numerous recordings include many world premiere works and she has toured extensively in the US and Asia.  This past... Read More →
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Kamala Sankaram

Composer, SUNY Purchase
KAMALA SANKARAM has been praised as “strikingly original” (NY Times) and “new voice from whom we will surely be hearing more” (LA Times). Recent commissions include Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Memphis, Opera on Tap, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus... Read More →
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Gene Scheer

Librettist, Self
Mr. Scheer’s work is noted for its scope and versatility. With the composer Jake Heggie, he has collaborated on many projects, including the critically acclaimed 2010 Dallas Opera world premiere, Moby-Dick, starring Ben Heppner as Captain Ahab; Three Decembers (Houston Grand Opera... Read More →
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Marc A. Scorca

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... Read More →
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Yuval Sharon

Artistic Director, The Industry
Yuval Sharon has been creating an unconventional body of work exploring the interdisciplinary potential of opera. His productions have been described as “ingenious” (New York Times), “virtuosic” (Opernwelt), “dizzyingly spectacular” (New York Magazine), and “staggering... Read More →
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Rhonda Sweeney

Past President/Nominating Chair, Opera Volunteers International
Rhonda Sweeney is Immediate Past President and Nominating Committee Chair of OPERA VOLUNTEERS INTERNATIONAL and is a former President and Lifetime Trustee of the HOUSTON GRAND OPERA GUILD. Rhonda is also a HOUSTON GRAND OPERA Trustee serving on 3 key committees related to fundraising... Read More →
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Lidiya Yankovskaya

Music Director, Chicago Opera Theater
Interested in developing new work, nurturing emerging composers, exploring unusual repertoire. Ask me about Chicago Opera Theater's new Vanguard Initiative!

Friday May 5, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
Austin Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor