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Seattle Opera.

Staff Directory


General Director:

Aidan Lang

Director of Development:

Lisa Bury

Director of Artistic Administration:

Aren Der Hacopian

Director of Production:

Vincent A. Feraudo

Director of Marketing & Communications:

Alvin Alexander Henry

Director of Education & Community Engagement:

Barbara Lynne Jamison

Chief Finanical Officer:

Richard A. Johnson

Director of Artistic Operations & Season Planning:

Melanie G. Ross

Technical & Facilities Director:

Robert D. Schaub

Director of Human Resources:

Nancy Del Villar Vive



Mary Brazeau
Executive Assistant to Aidan Lang

Cathi Turner
Executive Assistant to Kelly Tweeddale and Melanie Ross

Jonathan Dean

Raluca Marinescu
Artist Services Coordinator & Artistic Administration Assistant

Emmy Ulmer

Curtis Zhang


Jackie Ernst
Capital Campaign Officer

Janell Johnson
Planned Giving Officer

Isabel Bethke
Development Associate

Annual Giving and Donor Services

Rob Wiseman
Associate Director of Development

Marcella Morrow
Donor Communications Manager

Michael L. Moore
Development Operations Manager

Jacob Roy
Development Operations Coordinator

Ilona Davis
Donor Stewardship Manager

Caroline D'Ambro
Donor Stewardship Associate

Individual Giving

Allison Rabbitt
Associate Director of Development—Individual Giving

Bonita HagbomTracy Reich
Individual Giving Officers

Annie Walters
Individual Giving Manager

Catherine Merlo
Individual Giving Coordinator

Institutional Giving

Christine Johnson-Duell
Foundation and Government Giving Manager

Alex Kyger
Corporate Giving Manager

Education & Community Engagement

Mark Allwein
School Programs Manager

Andrew Goldstein
Administrative Coordinator

Kristina Hammer
Community Programs Coordinator

Nick Malinowski
Community Programs Manager


Marissa Betz-Zall

Michael Joyce
Senior Financial Analyst

Randee Byrd
Payroll Manager

Socorro Manuel-Alpuerto
Finance Administrator

Ella Erickson
Accounts Payable Associate

Ahana Sen

Marketing & Communications

Kristina Murti
Associate Director of Marketing

Ed Hawkins
Marketing Manager/Copywriter

Brittany Behrens
Digital Marketing Manager

Kelly Colglazier
Graphic Designer

Erika Norris
Web Producer

Lindsey Morck, Ksenia Popova
Marketing Coordinators

Media Relations

Jessica Murphy Moo
Communications Editor

Gabrielle Nomura Gainor
Media Relations Manager

Monte Jacobson
Media Relations Coordinator

Sales and Services

Michelle M. Carrasquillo
Associate Director of Marketing, Sales and Services

Dana Pompa
Senior Manager of Ticketing Operations

Emily van der Harten
Audience Services Manager

Kathryn Wahlberg
Lead Audience Services Representative

Gail Baraff, Alex Hagen, Stephen Jackson, Isaac Novak, Michael Seidel, Catherine Söderlind, Kylie Steinbach, N. Donn Talenti, LaShawn Williams
Audience Services Representatives

Direct Sales

Dan Murphy
Direct Sales Manager

Bernard Pack
Direct Sales Assistant Manager

Mary Hobbs, Albert Sanders
Senior Account Representatives

Lindsey Gander, Shon Gates, Erin Hart, Virginia Jackson, James Lewis, Toni Zeigler
Account Representatives


Angie Kamel
Assistant Production Director

Paula Podemski
Production Supervisor

Emma Watt
Production Administrative Assistant

Jenn Holstine
Production Administration Intern

Stage Management

Yasmine Kiss
Production Stage Manager

Mike Janney
Stage Manager

Mike Egan, Thea Railey
Assistant Stage Managers

Madeline Levy
Production Assistant


Sarah Kern Potter
Music Administrator

Philip A. Kelsey
Assistant Conductor

David McDade
Head of Coach-Accompanists

John Keene

Emily Cabaniss
Music Assistant/Company Librarian

Stephen Wall
Chorus Personnel Coordinator

Beth Kirchhoff
Chorusmaster Emeritus


Susan I. Davis
Costume Shop Manager

Heidi Zamora
Costume Show Manager

Ieva Ohaks
Costume Rental-Stock Coordinator

Sophy Wong
Costume Assistant

Mary Ellen Walter
Lead Cutter

Lia Surprenant
Crafts Supervisor

Shanna Sincell

Cynthia Abbott, Denise Barry
First Hands

Kate Hartman, Yoko Niendorf, Lacee Renhart, Anji Wetherill

Miriam Goodman-Miller

Ron Erickson
Wardrobe Head

Madeleine DeGracia
Assistant Wardrobe Head

Christy Kazimour
2nd Assistant Wardrobe Head

Hair & Makeup

Liesl Alice Gatcheco
Hair & Makeup Manager

Shelby Adele Rogers
Lead Principal Hair & Makeup Artist

Calli Dey
Principal Hair & Makeup Artist

Patti Barila-Wilmot, Ashli Danielle, Pam Farrow, MJ Fjellestad, Jenn Hill, Ashlee Naegle, Trisha Partida, Amanda Rubeck, Stephanie Rue-Lane, Eva Robins, Kelly Schmidt, Terry Wright
Hair & Makeup Artists

Faith Matthews
Assistant Hair & Makeup Assistant Manager


Technical Administration

Robert F. Reynolds
Associate Technical Director

Chris Reay
Assistant Technical Director

Connie Yun
Assistant Lighting Designer

Linda Kenworthy
Properties Coordinator

Alicia Moriarty
Technical Financial Administrator

Stage Crew

Charles T. Buck
Master Stage Carpenter

Jack F. Harrison
Assistant Master Stage Carpenter

Justin Lloyd
Head Flyman

Scot Allison, Chris Balducci, Jason Balter, Dallas Duell, Ian Gardner, Adam Lantz, Jason Wagoner
Assistant Stage Carpenters

Jim Nash
Master Electrician

Martin Cunningham
Assistant Master Electrician

Desirae Brownlee, Chris Dimoff, Jim Gable, John Small
Assistant Electricians

Petrude W. Olds, Jr.
Properties Master

Sandy Burke
Assistant Properties Master

Jason Montgomery
Properties Assistant

Candy Solie
Lightboard Operator

Jack Burke
Master Sound Technician/Designer

Dave Hult
Audio/Video Supervisor

Scenic Studios

Michael Moore
Scenic Studios Manager

Phillip Lienau
Associate Resident Scenic Designer

Mark Schmidt

Bruce Warshaw
Master Scenic Carpenter

George Howard Jr.
Assistant Master Scenic Carpenter

Scott Staheli
Lead Scenic Carpenter

Kitty Kavanaugh
Master Scenic Artist

Kevin Wilson
Assistant Charge Artist

Susannah Anderson, Rick Araluce
Lead Scenic Artists

Jamie Easter

Facilities and Operations

Claudia Gallagher
Associate Facilities Director

Cynthia Moore
Facilities and Technical Assistant

Information Systems

Kristina Austin
IT Manager

Iain Quigley
Desktop and User Support Technician

Stuart McLeod
Software Systems Administrator

Executive Bios

Aidan Lang. Copyright Rick DahmsAidan Lang, General Director

Aidan Lang became Seattle Opera's General Director on September 1, 2014. Selected by the Seattle Opera Board of Trustees after a two-year, international search process, Lang moved to Seattle in March, 2014 to effect a smooth transition of leadership from Seattle Opera's previous General Director, Speight Jenkins.

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Before moving to Seattle, as General Director of New Zealand Opera from 2006 to 2013 Lang strove to ensure that every production was theatrically stimulating and musically ambitious. Working collaboratively is a top priority for Lang, and during his tenure New Zealand Opera implemented a series of collaborations with such companies as Glyndebourne, Opera North, and Welsh National Opera, bringing exciting productions from directors Nikolaus Lehnhoff (Jenůfa), Tim Albery (Macbeth), and Christopher Alden (Turandot) to New Zealand. In addition to bringing productions in, Lang made it a priority to develop the capacity to build productions in the country, establishing New Zealand's first-ever opera production workshop. This workshop resulted in international co-productions with Scottish Opera (L'italiana in Algeri), Victorian Opera (Serse), and last year's Der Fliegende Holländer and La Cenerentola with Opera Queensland in Australia. Future international co-productions are also underway with Cape Town Opera, West Australian Opera, Opera Queensland, State Opera of South Australia, and Victorian Opera. Lang's collaborative approach has also reaped significant rewards in the business area. With the expansion of the company's reach to include Christchurch, in addition to its performing centers in Auckland and Wellington, Lang rebranded New Zealand Opera as a truly national company, one that serves the entire country. The partnership Lang spearheaded with Creative New Zealand (the country's national arts development agency) resulted in significant increases to its core grant funding, securing long-term financial stability for the company.

Prior to leading New Zealand Opera, Aidan Lang held artistic leadership positions at Buxton Festival, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, and Opera Zuid in the Netherlands. Concurrent with these leadership positions, Lang was a sought after freelance director working around the world. Among other productions, he directed the first Brazilian production of Wagner's Ring at the historic Teatro Amazonas in Manaus. Other noted productions include Le Comte Ory (Welsh National Opera), Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (Lisbon), The Turn of the Screw (Salzburg) and the British premieres of The Magic Fountain by Frederick Delius (Scottish Opera) and Cornet Christoph Rilke's Song of Love and Death by Siegfried Matthus (Glyndebourne). As Artistic Director of the Buxton Festival, Lang expanded the Festival to include Baroque and contemporary music, tripled its audience attendance, and delivered significant operating surpluses in each year. He was a key part of the triumvirate senior management team at Glyndebourne, where he held dual positions for nine years. He succeeded in developing a unique identity for Glyndebourne Touring Opera, distinct from the larger Glyndebourne Festival, and continuing the company's tradition of nurturing young singers. Concurrent with his positions at Glyndebourne, he was appointed the inaugural Artistic Director of Opera Zuid, a newly created touring company based in the Netherlands. During his leadership, Opera Zuid's impact and the quality of its work were such that the company received national funding and is now a permanent fixture of operatic life in the Netherlands. Born in 1957 in the UK, Lang is a graduate of The Tiffin School and the University of Birmingham. He relocated to Seattle with his wife of 24 years, the former soprano Linda Kitchen, and their 17-year-old daughter, Eleanor. In addition to his operatic leadership skills and international directing experience, Lang is an accomplished musician, having studied clarinet since the age of 8.

Main Photo © Elise Bakketun  |   Aidan Lang photo © Rick Dahms, Kelly Tweedale photo © Yuen Lui