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Seattle Opera.

Staff Directory


General Director:

Aidan Lang

Executive Director:

Kelly Tweeddale

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


Jackie Ernst
Capital Campaign Officer

Janell Johnson
Planned Giving Officer

Isabel Bethke
Development Associate

Elizabeth Thompson

Annual Giving and Donor Services

Rob Wiseman
Associate Director of Development

Marcella Morrow
Donor Communications Manager

Ilona Davis
Donor Stewardship Manager

Caroline D'Ambro
Donor Stewardship Associate

Michael L. Moore
Financial Services Coordinator

Jacob Roy
Development Associate

Jason Zhao

Individual Giving

Allison Rabbitt
Associate Director of Development—Individual Giving

Bonita HagbomTracy Reich
Individual Giving Officers

Nicholas Walls
Development Research Manager

Annie Walters
Individual Giving Manager

Catherine Merlo
Individual Giving Coordinator

Anna Kosatka

Institutional Giving

Christine Johnson-Duell
Foundation and Government Giving Manager

Alex Kyger
Corporate Giving Manager

Marilyn Brock

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

Karin Kough
Creative Services Manager

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

Emmy Ulmer
English Captions Titlist

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

Justine Thayer
Subscriber Relations Coordinator

Gail Baraff, Stephen Jackson, Debra McKinney,  Michael Seidel, Kylie Steinbach, N. Donn Talenti, Kathryn Wahlberg
Ticket Agents

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

Karolina Kalemba
Production Administration Intern

Stage Management

Yasmine Kiss
Production Stage Manager

Stina Lotti, Cristine Reynolds 
Assistant Stage Managers

Julianna Brei-Crawley
Production Assistant

Alexandra Hollerman, Jane Kern
Stage Management Interns


Sarah Kern Potter
Music Administrator

Philip A. Kelsey
Assistant Conductor

David McDade
Head of Coach-Accompanists

John Keene

Emily Bolton
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

Denise Barry, Shanna Parks

Cynthia Abbott, Christina Hobbs, Laura Mé Smith
First Hands

Laura Girardot, Lacee Hart, Kate Hartman, Holly Kipp, Siri Nelson, Yoko Niendorf, Morgana Spake, Anji Wetherill, Cynthia Wheaton

Lia Surprenant
Crafts Supervisor

Amethyst Beach, Jeanna Gomez, Miriam Goodman-Miller, Maura Warshawski

Ron Erickson
Wardrobe Head

Madeleine DeGracia
Assistant Wardrobe Head

Christy Kazimour
2nd Assistant Wardrobe Head

Jennifer Oaster
Costume Shop Intern

Sonya Berg, Tessa Campbell
Costume Stock Interns


Hair & Makeup

Liesl Alice Gatcheco
Hair & Makeup Manager

Shelby Adele Rogers
Lead Principal Hair & Makeup Artist

Calli Dey, Ashlee Naegle, Eva Robins
Principal Hair & Makeup Artists

Patti Barila-Wilmot, MJ Fjellestad, Bek Harvey, Jenn Hill, Krista Kammerzell, Trisha Partida, Scott Provo, Stephanie Rue-Lane, Kelly Schmidt, Amanda Winters, Terry Wright
Hair & Makeup Artists

Faith Matthews
Assistant Hair & Makeup Assistant Manager

Abby Dahlquist, Danielle Hrachovec
Hair & Makeup Interns


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
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

McKenzie Spooner
Lighting Intern

Scenic Studios

Michael Moore
Scenic Studios Manager

Phillip Lienau
Associate Resident Scenic Designer

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.

Kelly Tweedale. Copyright Yuen LuiKelly Tweeddale, Executive Director

Kelly plays a key role in organizing and supervising the Opera's daily operations, in generating and overseeing the company's budgets, and in developing and implementing the Opera's long-range strategic plan. She oversees Seattle Opera's future development project: consolidating the company's operations—including administrative, rehearsal, production, educational, technical support, costume and scenic assembly spaces—into one building adjacent to its performance hall.

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Tweeddale previously served as the company's administrative director since January, 2003, and prior to that she held the position of marketing and communications director. As marketing director, she led the company in the upgrade of its ticketing, fundraising, and customer service software and fulfilled a leadership role in the building of Seattle Opera's new performance venue, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, which opened in June 2003.

Tweeddale is an adjunct professor at Seattle University with the MFA Arts Leadership program and has been an instructor for the University of Washington's Certificate Program, teaching Marketing and Public Relations in the Arts. She previously held senior management positions for Seattle Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra. She plays a significant role on a number of boards in the arts community: she is current chair of a national organization called Project Audience seeking to develop collaborations among communities and creative enterprises. She has served on the Burke Museum's Association Board and has chaired the Board for Tessitura Network, a nonprofit dedicated to software development and support for the performing arts sector.

Tweeddale has spent the last 25 years of her career in the performing arts with a focus on developing new audiences, managing major transitions, and increasing earned revenues. In 2011 she was chosen as one of Puget Sound Business Journal's "Women of Influence." She has completed several marathons, and writes the blog "Running without Toenails." She is married and has a daughter.

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