The New Orleans Opera


To enrich the lives of all people by producing opera of the highest artistic quality and providing education opportunities through traditional and innovative approaches.


Our vision is connecting all people with the joy of opera.

2022 – 2023


General and Artistic Director
Clare Burovac, (504) 529-2278 ext. 223 

Director of Operations
Gina Klein, (504) 529-2278 ext. 227

Artistic and Production

Technical Director
Keith Christopher, (504) 529-2278 ext. 321

Director of Production
Sarah McCall, (504) 529-2278 ext. 226

Chorus Master / Music Administrator
Carol Rausch, (504) 529-2278 ext. 222


Director of Development
Joanna Sternberg, (504) 529-2278 ext. 226

Development Operations and Special Events Coordinator
Courtney Randall, (504) 529-2278 ext. 228

Community Partnerships and Education

Director of Community Partnerships & Education
Dr. Tara A. Melvin, (504) 529-2278 ext. 235

Marketing, Communications, and Audience Experience

Director of External Affairs
Janet Wilson, (504) 529-2278 ext. 225

Patron Services Manager
Devin Johnson, (504) 529-2278 ext. 221

Marketing Coordinator
Dylan Trần

Support Group Liaison
Jenny Chapman, (504) 529-2278 ext. 234

General Director Emeritus
Robert Lyall

Board of Directors

Mr. Dwayne Littauer – President
Ms. Sonya Moore – Vice President
Mrs. Pauline Hardin – Secretary
Mr. Emmet Geary, Jr. – Treasurer
Mrs. Penny Baumer – Development Chair
Mr. James C. Gulotta, Jr. – Immediate Past President

Mrs. Mary Chapman Albert
Mr. Ron Austin
Dr. Nicolas Bazan
Mrs. Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin
Mr. Peter Brigandi
Mrs. Betty Brooks
Mr. Joseph Bruno
Ms. Luretta Bybee
Mrs. Serafina Charbonnet
Mr. Edgar L. “Dooky” Chase III
Mr. Arthur A. Crais, Jr.
Dr. Patrick J. Dowling
Mrs. Diane S. Dupin
Mr. Roch Eshleman
Mr. Tim Fields
Mr. Bruce A. Gordon
Ms. Adrea Heebe
Mrs. Rania Khodr
Mrs. Elizabeth Mahorner Landis
Mrs. Christine LeBlanc
Mr. Edward F. Martin
Mr. Jonathan C. McCall
Dr. R. Ranney Mize
Ms. Ann Owens
Dr. Everett Robert
Prof. Cynthia Samuel
Mr. Leopold Z. Sher
Mrs. Harry C. (Claire) Stahel
Mr. Philip Straub
Ms. Catherine Burns Tremaine
Dr. Rand Voorhies
Ms. Debby Hirsch Wood
Mr. Joseph Young

Ms. Joanne Mantis
President, Women’s Guild

Tricia Barrera
Bianca Spears
Ava McClain
Co-Chairs, Sylvain Society

Advisory Board

Mrs. Virgene Biggers
Mrs. Margie Breeden
Ms. Elizabeth “Liz” Glaser Broekman
Ms. Michelle Butler
Dr. Mark Caldwell
Mrs. Eileen Capritto
Mrs. Kathy Christian
Hon. Jacquelyn B. Clarkson
Ms. Joan Coulter
Dr. R.W. Culver
Mr. Georges Daou
Mrs. Thomas S. Davidson
Mrs. Monique R. Gougisha Doucette
Mrs. Betsy Dowling
Mr. Brooke Duncan
Dr. Charles L. Dupin
Ms. Marlene Duronslet
Mr. Elroy W. Eckhardt
Mrs. Melissa Mason Gordon
Ms. Amanda Green
Mr. Douglas Grundmeyer
Mr. Michael Harold
Mr. Timothy Hemphill
Ms. Melissa Hess
Mr. Neuville Hotstream
Hon. Bernette J. Johnson
Ms. Givonna Joseph
Ms. Rose LeBreton
Ms. Lisa Leone
Mr. Frank Maselli
Mrs. Gail McKenna
Dr. Jane Cagan Miller
Mrs. Cindi Mistrot
Mrs. Pat Murrell
Mr. Ernest L. O’Bannon
Dr. Andrew Orestano
Prof. Amy Pfrimmer
Ms. Ashley Pradel
Dr. Byron Scott
Dr. Alan E. Sheen
Mrs. Sonda Stacey
Ms. Diana Stieffel
Dr. Peter M. Tufton

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H. Lloyd Hawkins Scenic Studio

3020 Lausat St, Metairie, LA 70001

A History of Opera in New Orleans

By Jack Belsom

New Orleans Opera Archives in the Louisiana Digital Library

Loyola University New Orleans