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Howard Appointed Managing Director of OPERA America

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Mar 26, 2014

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, announced yesterday that Kurt Howard has joined its staff as managing director, effective immediately. Reporting to President/CEO Marc A. Scorca, Howard will oversee the areas of finance and operations, including those of OPERA America’s National Opera Center. This is a newly-created position that reflects the completion of the design, construction and opening of the organization’s National Opera Center. 

Howard comes to OPERA America from a nearly 10-year career at Fort Worth Opera, most recently serving as the organization’s producing director since 2010. As both production manager and stage manager, he led the production team through the transition into a repertory/festival format, and was directly responsible for all aspects of production, including the development of new works premiered at Fort Worth Opera. His responsibilities included artistic and creative team management, budget development, and management and production oversight. 
Howard has been associated with OPERA America for several years, chairing the Technical/Production Forum and participating in the Electronic Media and New Works Forums, serving as an adjudication panelist for the Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase and as a member of the Strategy Committee. 
“We are thrilled to have Kurt join our staff,” stated Scorca. “He brings tremendous experience and knowledge to our organization at a time of great expansion following the opening of the National Opera Center.”
“I am very pleased to join the staff at OPERA America,” said Howard. “We look forward to developing new services for the industry following the completion of the National Opera Center and I am honored to work with Marc Scorca to advance the organization,” he continued. “My affiliation with Fort Worth Opera has provided many opportunities to learn about OPERA America and I am thrilled to join a team of colleagues I know so well.”
About OPERA America
OPERA America is dedicated to supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera. OPERA America draws on resources and expertise from within and beyond the opera field to advance a mutually beneficial agenda that serves and strengthens the field. The association provides members with an array of publications and online resources, regional workshops, an annual conference and network-specific services such as conference calls, e-mail listserves and direct contact with staff with expertise in opera production, administration and education. OPERA America provides members with tools to maximize the effectiveness of financial and human resources, expand the scope of repertoire and programs, and extend their reach to new and diverse audiences.
Pictured Above: Kurt Howard. Photo by Audrey N. Saccone/OPERA America.

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