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Directors

Photo of Judy LisiJudith Lisi, General Director, Opera Tampa
Judith Lisi is very happy to collaborate once again with her opera colleagues. When she first came to The Center in 1992 as the executive director, her hope was to ultimately produce Grand Opera for this wonderful community. Her Opera Tampa successes include Madama Butterfly, Carmen, La Bohème, Tosca, Hansel and Gretel, La Traviata, The Marriage of Figaro, the world premiere of Sacco & Vanzetti, An Evening of Verdi & Puccini, Die Fledermaus, Basically Bernstein, Rigoletto, Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Otello, Turandot and many more. Before coming to Tampa, Lisi was general director of the New Haven Opera Company, where she produced more than 20 fully-staged operas with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Lisi is very grateful to The Center’s Board of Directors for their support in producing opera in Tampa and to her dedicated and talented staff.

Photo of Daniel LiptonDaniel Lipton, Artistic Director and Conductor, Opera Tampa
Lipton comes to Tampa after 20 years as artistic director of Opera Ontario in Canada; for the last four years of that position, he was also music director and chief conductor of the Anhaltische Philharmonie and general director of the opera company in Dessau, Germany. As an opera and orchestra conductor, he has held positions in Bogota, Colombia; Zurich, Switzerland; Bologna and Florence, Italy; and, in the United States, in Houston and Denver.

Lipton also has founded a number of choruses, opera and ballet companies, and symphony orchestras. Born in France and raised in New York City, Lipton was educated at the Juilliard School, Mannes College of the New School for Music and the Manhattan School of Music. A career highlight for Lipton was conducting the world premiere of Gian Carlo Menotti's last opera, Il Giorno da Nozze, in Seoul, South Korea, with the Metropolitan Opera.

Staff

Lorrin Shepard, Senior VP/COO

Robin Stamper, Managing Director

CJ Marshall, Director of Production Services

Louisa Ramirez-Flynn, Manager - Office Administration

Scott Cline, Master Carpenter

William Davis, Master Electrician

Jesse Perkins, Jr., Head Flyman

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