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Seattle Opera.

Staff Directory


General Director:

Christina Scheppelmann

Director of Programs & Partnerships:

Alejandra Valarino Boyer

Director of Artistic Administration & Planning:

Aren Der Hacopian

Director of Marketing & Communications:

Kristina Murti

Director of Production:

Doug Provost

Director of Development:

Allison Rabbitt

Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operations Officer:

Jane Repensek

Director of Human Resources:

Angela Gist



Elton Torres
Executive Assistant to the General Director & Board Liaison

Antonio Portela
Office Administrator


Blaine Inafuku
Associate Director of Artistic Planning

Jonathan Dean

Paula Podemski
Company Manager

Emmy Ulmer

Kierra Nguyen
2021/22 Seattle Arts Fellow, Artistic Administration & Planning


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

Stephen Wall
Chorus Personnel Coordinator

Beth Kirchhoff
Chorusmaster Emeritus


Chris Burkett
Associate Director of Development-Individual Giving

Raymond Chao
Individual Giving Officer

Julia Curns-Welch
Institutional Giving Officer

Matt Lider
Individual Giving Officer

Stephanie Matsunaga
Development Operations Specialist

Erica McIntyre
Development Operations Manager

Maria Meyer
Stewardship Program Manager

Lauren Superville
Individual Giving Officer

Karyn Tanaka
Events Coordinator