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Our Team

As is our mission, the Arizona Opera staff strives to elevate the transformative power of storytelling through the music—cultivating community, strengthening a state and people as adventurous and diverse as the place they call home.

 

Arizona Opera Staff

Joseph Specter, President & General Director 

 

Artistic

Cody Steele, Associate Artistic Administrator
Shawn Campbell, Orchestra Manager
Laura Tagawa, Orchestra Librarian

 

Box Office

Sarina Lacina, Box Office Manager
Peter Hiebert, Assistant Box Office Manager
Alexsandra Esposito, Box Office Associate

 

Community Alliances

Courtney Clark, Director of Community Alliances

 

Costume Shop

Kathleen Trott, Costume Shop Manager
Katie Kenna, Lead Cutter/Draper
Becky Giblin, Master Stitcher
Shelby Joiner, First Hand & Painter/Dyer
Emily Stovall, Workroom Assistant & Costume Rentals
Cody Grasher, Staff Stitcher
Kayla Zeimet, Journeyman Apprentice (Wardrobe)
Koleton Cox, Wig & Costume Apprentice II
Tenaya Tidwell, Costume Apprentice II
Leo Martinez, Costume Apprentice I
Kenzie Laughlin, Costume Apprentice I

 

Development

Ashley Parks, Director of Development
Abigail Brow, Development Operations Manager

 

 

 

Education

Cassie Hollerbach, Director of Education

 

Finance and Administration

Joann Serra, Director of Finance, Administration, & HR
Iryna Comstock, Accounting Associate

 

Marketing

Heidi Kelley, Director of Marketing, Communications, & Public Relations
Ellen Hinkle, Associate Director of Marketing, Communications, & Public Relations
John McCoy, Marketing Manager

 

Production

Clayton Rodney, Director of Production
Alanna Maniscalco, Properties Supervisor
Bradley Taylor, Lighting Supervisor and Assistant Lighting Designer
Ryan Bruner, Head Carpenter and Scenic Shop Manager
Robert Auchter, Production Coordinator

 

Stage Management

Luci Burdick, Production Stage Manager
Brett Finley, Production Stage Manager
Megan Ross, Assistant Stage Manager
Rachel Kilgore, Stage Management Apprentice
Kate Fehan, Stage Management Apprentice

 

Wigs and Makeup

Alita Lopez, Wig & Makeup Manager

 

 

 

Arizona Opera Orchestra

Violin 1

Ikuko Kanda, Concertmaster
Linda Lambie, Assistant Concertmaster
Galina Sukhina
Mutsuko Tatman
Dasha Hlavenka
Hisami Iijima Dillard
Carla Kountoupes

 

Violin 2

Cynthia Baker, Principal
Helga Kolosick, Assistant Principal
Priscilla Benitez
Richard Hoffman
Laura Tagawa
Tamara Freida

 

Viola

Christina Beasley, Principal
Vivi Erickson, Assistant Principal
Caroline Ruiz
Katherine Shields
Jeffrey Norman
Monica MacMichael

 

Cello

Debra Pearson, Principal
Mary DiBartolo, Assistant Principal
Margaret Gilmore
Tom Hoisch
Abe Liebhaber
Yeil Park

 

Bass

Chunyang Wang, Principal
Claudia Botterweg, Assistant Principal
Derek DeVelder
Jason Roederer

 

Harp

Lynn Gorman DeVelder, Principal

 

Flute

Paula Redinger, Principal
Melanie Winans

 

Oboe

Neil Tatman, Principal
Scott Morano

 

Clarinet

Brian Viliunas, Principal
Marianne Shifrin

 

Bassoon

Melanie Sanguinetti, Principal
Jill Marderness

 

Horn

Peter Erb, Principal
Nathan Mitchell
Bruce Hembd
Shawn Campbell

 

Trumpet

James Benitez, Co-Principal
Leslie Linn, Co-Principal

 

Trombone

Martin Demos, Principal
Michael Becker
Grant Jordan

 

Tuba

Steve Mapes, Principal

 

Timpani

Neil Dunn, Principal

 

Percussion

Corey Ritter, Principal