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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 | Performing Arts, 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 Ame... Read More →
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Mark Campbell

Librettist, Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Parallele, AOP, AOI, ALT, CU NOW
Upcoming projects include The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Elizabeth Cree, The Nefarious, Immoral But Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare; Past operas: The Shining, As One, Silent Night, Later The Same Evening, etc.
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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 o... 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 Me... 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 national service organization for... 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 April, Paiement was awarded the American... Read More →
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Kamala Sankaram

Composer, Manhattan College
KAMALA SANKARAM has been praised as “strikingly original” (NY Times) and “an impassioned soprano with blazing high notes” (The Wall Street Journal.) Recent commissions include Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Opera Memphis, Opera on Tap, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Awards, grants and residencies include: Kevin Spacey Artist of Choice, Jonathan Larson Award, NEA ArtWorks, MAP Fund, Opera America, NY IT Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical, the Civilians, HERE, the MacDowell Colony, and the Watermill Center. She has performed and premiered pieces with Beth Morrison Projects, Anthony Braxton, and the Wooster Group, among others, and is the leader of Bombay Rickey, an operatic Bollywood surf ensemble whose debut was named Best Eclectic Album by the Independent Music Awards Vox Pop. Kamala's opera THUMBPRINT will receive its West Coast premiere at LA Opera this June. In addition to her musical pursuits, Kamala holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and can be heard as a voice on the Cartoon Network... 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), which starred Frederica von Stade; and the lyric drama To Hell and Back (Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra), which featured Patti LuPone. Other works by Scheer and Heggie include Camille Claudel: Into the fire, a song cycle premiered by Joyce di Donato and the Alexander String Quartet. Mr. Scheer worked as librettist with Tobias Picker on An American Tragedy, which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 2005. Other collaborations include the lyrics for Wynton... 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 related audience development activities. In 2005, Scorca spearheaded OPERA... 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” (Opera News). He is the recipient of the 2014... Read More →
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Rhonda Sweeney

Trustee, Houston Grand Opera
Rhonda Sweeney is in her 4th 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... Read More →
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Lidiya Yankovskaya

Conductor, The Dallas Opera IWC
Conductor/Artistic Director with Juventas New Music Ensemble; currently also working on projects with Beth Morrison Projects, American Lyric Theater, and Center for Contemporary Opera | www.LidiyaYankovskaya.com

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

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