Christina Scheppelmann is the General Director of Seattle Opera.
She was the Artistic Director General at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona from 2015- 2019; prior to that, she was the first Director General of the Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman). As Director of Artistic Operations at Washington National Opera, Scheppelmann oversaw the artistic planning for 11 years. She was instrumental in fundraising efforts, leading to grants for individual productions, ongoing projects, and renovations. Her passion for the artform and interest to see it flourish into the future led her to conceive of and secure funding for WNO’s American Opera Initiative, offering young composers and librettists a developmental forum in which to bridge the gap between conservatory training and full-length commissions.
A long-time champion of young artists, she has led masterclasses, lectured at artist training programs, and judged vocal competitions around the world.
Scheppelmann has been awarded the rank of Commendatore in the Order of the Star of Solidarity by the Italian government for her career-long work promoting opera and Italian culture. She also served as the Vice President for the board of Opera Europa, the professional organization of opera houses and festivals.