Board Liaison and Executive Assistant to the General Director
Associate Director of Artistic Planning
Head of Music Staff and Chorusmaster
Philip A. Kelsey
Head of Coach-Accompanists
Chorus Personnel Coordinator
Production Stage Manager
Adrienne Mendoza, Cristine Reynolds, Alex Wommack
Assistant Stage Managers
Programs and Partnerships
Scholar in Residence
Programs Communications Coordinator
School Programs Manager
Youth & Family Programs Manager
Lokela Alexander Minami
Community Engagement Manager
Miriam Anderson, Courtney-Savali Andrews, Jessica Andrews, Andrew R. Coopman, Samuel Corales, Damien Geter, Afarin Mansouri, Debra McKinney, Jessica Murphy Moo, Melissa Plagemann, Priscilla Salisbury, Shelly Traverse, Ta Wei Tsai
Associate Director of Finance
Desktop User Support Technician
SQL Developer and CRM Administrator
Marketing & Communications
Gabrielle Nomura Gainor
Communications & Public Engagement Manager
Senior Communications Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
Sales and Services
Michelle M. Carrasquillo
Associate Director of Marketing, Sales and Services
Ticket Operations Manager
Patron Experience Manager
Group Sales Coordinator
Audience Services Lead
Assistant Production Director
Assistant Production Manager
Costume Shop & Hair and Makeup Studio
Liesl Alice Gatcheco
Costume, Hair and Makeup Director
Cheryl del Rosario Lavarias
Costume, Hair and Makeup Assistant
Assistant Wardrobe Head
Lead Principal Hair & Makeup Artist
Calli Dey, Trisha Partida
Principal Makeup Artists
Charles T. Buck
Master Stage Carpenter
Jason Balter, Bruce Warshaw
Assistants Master Stage Carpenters
Adam Lantz, Matthew Lint, Robert Millard, Tommy Price, Jason Wagoner
Assistant Stage Carpenters
Assistant Master Electrician
Molly Brindley, Chris Dimoff, Jim Gable
Assistant Properties Master
Christina Scheppelmann, General Director
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Christina Scheppelmann is the fourth General Director to lead Seattle Opera.
As the Artistic Director General at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, a position she held from 2015-2019, Scheppelmann was responsible for programming, casting, and overall artistic direction.
Prior to that, she was the first Director General of the Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman), the first theater of its kind in the Gulf Region, where her mission was to present high-quality music, opera, and dance from around the world. Under her leadership, ROHM established an excellent reputation as a cultural destination in Oman and opened doors for international musical and cultural relations.
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As Director of Artistic Operations at Washington National Opera, Scheppelmann oversaw the artistic planning for 11 years. She was instrumental in fundraising efforts, leading to grants for individual productions, ongoing projects and renovations. Her passion for the artform and interest to see it flourish into the future led her to conceive of and secure funding for WNO’s American Opera Initiative, offering young composers and librettists a developmental forum in which to bridge the gap between conservatory training and full-length commissions.
A long-time champion of young artists, she has led masterclasses, lectured at artist training programs, and judged vocal competitions around the world.
Scheppelmann began her career in the arts early-on, performing in the children’s choir of the Hamburg State Opera. After completing a degree in banking, she left her home country of Germany in 1988 to work in an Artist Management agency in Milan. Fluent in five languages, she quickly became known for her communication skills and was soon offered a job in arts administration at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
In 1994, she was recruited by Lotfi Mansouri to assist him at San Francisco Opera where, as one of the youngest artistic administrators at the time, she continued her work in planning seasons and hiring singers, conductors, directors and designers. Ms. Scheppelmann prides herself on having built solid collaborative relationships with union and civic leaders, members of the diplomatic corps, and national and international press.
Scheppelmann was previously awarded the rank of Commendatore in the Order of the Star of Solidarity by the Italian government for her career-long work promoting opera and Italian culture. She also served as the Vice President for the board of Opera Europa, the professional organization of opera houses and festivals.