Friday, June 12, 2009

Washington National Opera Announces New Chair, Jane Lipton Cafritz; Company Reaffirms Commitment To American Opera And To The City Of Washington, D.C.

"On June 9, Washington National Opera's Board of Trustees voted to make Jane Lipton Cafritz the company's Chairman, effective July 1, 2009. An attorney with plentiful experience in government and in private practice, Mrs. Cafritz is a long-time and ardent supporter of arts and culture in the city of Washington. She has served as a WNO trustee since 2002. In her new leadership role, Mrs. Cafritz will work closely with WNO President Kenneth Feinberg, Executive Committee Chair Jacqueline Badger Mars, General Director Plácido Domingo and Executive Director Mark Weinstein to set the company's agenda and creating [sic] a vision for the future."

Photo credit: (c) Washington National Opera 2009. Copyright controlled. All rights reserved. Harriet Tubman photo via Wikipedia Commons. With thanks.


Blogger JMW said...

Yeah, yeah, yeah, blah, blah, blah....

8:07 AM  
Blogger Garth Trinkl said...

Well John, I did in fact just receive an excited email from the Washington National Opera headlined "Changes Afoot for the 2009-10 Season"!!

What other changes could they be referring to other than that the company had decided to honor it commitment to Congress and to the American people to produce one American opera each and every season in exchange for being allowed to call itself the Washington NATIONAL Opera.

(I imagine even Congress is getting exasperated with the Washington National Opera now repeatedly mounting British operas by Benjamin Britten and Nicholas Maw and calling them American operas. And how many Congresspersons do you imagine are truly excited about the WNO Porgy and Bess reprise next season -- or the WNO releasing a tape of Puccini's La Rondine later this month?)

9:34 AM  

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