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Seattle Opera.

Staff Directory


General Director:

Aidan Lang

Director of Artistic Administration & Planning:

Aren Der Hacopian

Director of Programs and Partnerships:

Barbara Lynne Jamison

Director of Marketing & Communications:

Kristina Murti

Director of Production:

Doug Provost

Interim Director of Development:

Allison Rabbitt

Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operations Officer:

Jane Repensek

Director of Human Resources:

Nancy Del Villar Vive



Dominica Myers
Board Relations Manager/Special Assistant to Aidan Lang

Charlotte Ensley
Administration and Board Relation Intern


Mary Brazeau
Artistic Administration Manager

Meggie Watson
Associate Director of Artistic Planning

Jonathan Dean

Paula Podemski
Company Manager

Emmy Ulmer


John Keene
Head of Music Staff and Chorusmaster

Philip A. Kelsey
Assistant Conductor

David McDade
Head of Coach-Accompanists

Jay Rozendaal
Coach-Accompanist/Orchestra Librarian

Emily Cabaniss
Music Assistant/Company Librarian

Stephen Wall
Chorus Personnel Coordinator

Beth Kirchhoff
Chorusmaster Emeritus

Taylor Hartford, Owen Prout
Library Interns

Stage Management

Yasmine Kiss
Production Stage Manager

Madeline Levy, Thea Railey
Assistant Stage Managers

Olivia Hollinger
Production Assistant


Caroline Webb
Development Coordinator

Annual Giving and Donor Services

Caroline D'Ambro
Donor Stewardship Manager

Michael L. Moore
Development Operations Manager

Marcella Morrow
Donor Communications Manager

Erica McIntyre
Development Operations Coordinator

Johanna Mannisto
Annual Giving and Donor Stewardship Intern

Capital Campaign

Nina Yarbrough
Capital Campaign Manager

Sarah Bernhardt
Capital Campaign Associate

Individual Giving

Tracy Reich 
Senior Individual Giving Officer

Matthew LiderCatherine Merlo
Individual Giving Officers

Kim Ositis
Development Research Manager

Susan Good
Individual Giving Intern

Institutional Giving

Julia Curns-Welch
Institutional Giving Manager

David Silverstein
Institutional Giving Associate

Programs and Partnerships

Nicole Sonbert
Youth & Family Programs Manager

Rachelle Adams
Operations Manager

T.J. Callahan
Education & Community Engagement Associate

Britney Schroeder
Production Manager, Community Projects

Sophia Kowalski
Education Tour Coordinator

Nerys Jones
Artful Aging Program Manager

Ryan Bede, Julia Benzinger, Jennifer Bromagen, Becca Cantrell, Ben Cleveland, John Coons, Katrina Deininger, Serena Eduljee, Andrew Etherington, Karen Early Evans, Jon Farmer, Alexander Gallo, Glenn Guhr, Michael Heitmann, Li-Tan Hsu, Tim Janecke, Nerys Jones, Darrell Jordan, Kay Yeh, Kelly Kitchens, Cheryse McLeod Lewis, John Marzano, Jessica Milanese, Ibidunni Ojikutu, Dawn Padula, Melissa Plagemann, Allison Pohl, Marcus Shelton, Greg Smith, Meg Stohlmann, Revere Taylor, Shelly Traverse, Ta Wei Tsai, Lucy Weber, Erin White, Lyndee White
Teaching Artists


Marissa Betz-Zall

Michael Joyce
Senior Financial Analyst

Randee Byrd
Payroll Manager

Trevor Torres
Payroll Assistant

Lindsey O'Connor
Staff Accountant

Hester Qiang
Finance Intern


Todd Clark
Facilities Manager

Information Systems

Iain Quigley
Desktop and User Support Technician

Stuart McLeod
Software Systems Administrator

Marketing & Communications

Brittany Rall
Associate Director of Marketing

Kelly Hamilton Colglazier
Graphic Designer

Gabrielle Nomura Gainor
Media Relations Manager

Ed Hawkins
Marketing Manager/Copywriter

Dana Johnson
Digital Marketing Manager

Jessica Murphy Moo
Publications Editor

Erika Norris
Web Producer

Hailey Burt
Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Kathryn Wahlberg
Subscriber Relations Coordinator

Sales and Services

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

Gregory Schell
Ticket Operations Manager

Kristin McCarthy
Audience Services Manager

Debra McKinney
Group Sales Coordinator

Corrie Yadon
Audience Services Coordinator

John Edens, Caroline Faflak, Amanda Holland, Taylor Kesterson, Tosha Mayo, Esther Ranjbar, Anne Szeliski
Audience Services Representatives


Direct Sales

Bernard Pack
Direct Sales Manager

Mary Hobbs, Albert Sanders
Senior Account Representatives

Erin Hart, Virginia Jackson, Dorothea Kopta, Brian Lally, Rowan Sullivan, Noel Walker, Toni Zeigler
Account Representatives


Joshua McIntosh
Technical Director

Alicia Moriarty
Operations Manager

Thorn Michaels
Assistant Lighting Designer


Susan I. Davis
Costume Shop Manager

Heidi Zamora
Costume Show Manager

Ieva Ohaks
Costume Rental-Stock Coordinator

Sophy Wong
Costume Assistant

Denise Barry
Lead Cutter

Miriam Goodman-Miller
Crafts Supervisor

Shanna Sincell

Cynthia Abbott, Laura Girardot
First Hands

Kellie Dunn
Crafts Assistant

Kate Hartman, Shellie Moomey, Yoko Niendorf, Lacee Renhart, Laura Me Smith, Morgana Spake

Jeanna Gomez, Amara Madeo

Ron Erickson
Wardrobe Head

Christy Kazimour
Assistant Wardrobe Head

Hair & Makeup

Liesl Alice Gatcheco
Hair & Makeup Manager

Ashlee Naegle
Wig Master

Eva Robins
Lead Principal Hair & Makeup Artist

Calli Dey, Ashlee Naegle, Trisha Partida, Shelby Rogers
Principal Hair & Makeup Artists

Anne McGowan, Kelly Schmidt, Julia Wing-Krafft
Hair & Makeup Artists

Josh Mina
Assistant Hair & Makeup Manager

Fiona Kraus
Hair & Makeup Intern

Stage Crew

Charles T. Buck
Master Stage Carpenter

Justin Lloyd
Head Flyman

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

Jim Nash
Master Electrician

Martin Cunningham
Assistant Master Electrician

Molly Brindley, Chris Dimoff, Jim Gable, John Small
Assistant Electricians

Petrude W. Olds Jr.
Properties Master

Sandy Burke
Assistant Properties Master

Candy Solie
Lightboard Operator

Jack Burke
Master Sound Technician/Designer

Executive Bio

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