FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 14, 2008
Contact: Jim Fullan
PORTLAND OPERA NAMES NEW DIRECTOR OF ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATION
Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano has named Ms. Clare Burovac as the Company’s first Director of Artistic Administration.
“This is a key position in our Company,” he said. “The success of every aspect of our operations, from ticket sales to fundraising, is driven by the artistic quality of our opera productions. Bolstering our artistic team is an important part of our determination and dedication to continued artistic growth. Clare brings us the talent, the operatic experience, and the relationships within the opera world to help us reach a new artistic level.”
As the Director of Artistic Administration, Ms. Burovac’s wide-ranging responsibilities will include oversight of the Portland Opera Studio program, negotiating artists’ contracts, researching and recommending artists, acting as primary liaison between the Company and its chorus and orchestra, negotiating performance rights, among many other activities.
Ms. Burovac, who has 19 years of experience producing and managing opera, received her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Bowling Green State University. As a violinist she performed with the Toledo Symphony, Ohio Light Opera Orchestra, and other groups in the Cleveland area, in addition to teaching violin and viola. A recipient of an OPERA America Fellowship in Opera Production in 1993, she has been a guest stage manager for San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera, among many others. She joined Seattle Opera in 1994 as an Assistant Stage Manager, taking on a variety of increasingly demanding positions. Most recently she has been Seattle Opera’s Production Stage Manager and Ring Production Coordinator. She is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists.
In accepting the position, Ms. Burovac commented: "I have been very impressed with the many performances I've seen at Portland Opera. The work is engaging and thought-provoking, and I am excited to become part of the team that brings such high quality opera to the stage."
She will join the Company in late August.
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