New Portland Opera Marketing Team in Place and Looking Toward the 50th Anniversary Season

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NEW PORTLAND OPERA MARKETING TEAM IN PLACE AND LOOKING TOWARD THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON


(Portland, Ore.) — Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano has announced the appointment of Mark Tiarks as the company’s Director of Marketing and Communications, effective immediately. Tiarks served for more than ten years as the Santa Fe Opera’s Director of Planning and Marketing, in addition to prior appointments as the General Director of Chicago Opera Theater, Artistic Administrator and Director of Development at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Producing Director at Chicago’s Court Theatre.


“I’m delighted that Mark Tiarks has joined the Portland Opera senior management team,” said General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “He has an exceptional track record in increasing attendance and deepening community involvement in new and innovative ways everywhere he has worked. During Mark’s tenure at the Santa Fe Opera, ticket revenues increased by more than 60% and sales to American and world premieres more than doubled. As we look towards the company’s upcoming 50th Anniversary Season and beyond, his skills in strategic planning, audience development and community outreach will be invaluable to Portland Opera.”


Tiarks announced the promotion of Tracy Wenckus to Portland Opera’s Director of Broadway Marketing from Associate Director of Marketing, as well as the agreement for a ten-year extension with Broadway Across America to continue as Portland’s local presenter of national touring productions. “Tracy has provided extraordinary leadership to the Opera’s Broadway marketing team,” said Tiarks, “and our national presenting partner’s desire to have such a long-term agreement in Portland is just one sign of her success.”


Also joining the Portland Opera marketing team is Ingrid Arnett, who has been appointed Opera Marketing and Communications Manager. Arnett was the Community Relations Director for the Portland Youth Philharmonic for 12 years. She has also served as Public Relations and Communications Manager for the Portland Japanese Garden and General Manager of Portland SummerFest.

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