Gianluca Macheda, founder and President of GM Art and Music, started at a very young age writing reviews about lyric and symphonic events for the newspaper La Gazzetta del Sud. He then moved on to work as an external consultant for Teatro Cilea in Reggio Calabria, followed by a short period at Columbia Artists in New York before he worked in New York and Paris for IMG Artists. In 2017, he opened his own agency, GM Art and Music, which boasts a roster of internationally acclaimed artists who perform all year round in the most important opera houses, concert halls and festivals. With offices across the globe, GM Art & Music offers exceptional service and an international reach to clients and artists with an outstanding young team of artist managers and logistical staff specializing in travel, marketing, and information technology.
David Lomeli joined The Dallas Opera in July of 2014. In August of 2018, he was promoted to Director of Artistic Administration.Prior to this, David was Casting and Hart Institute for Women Conductors Manager, making him the first Hispanic to occupy a top casting position at a Tier One opera company, in the history of professional opera in the US. Before joining TDO, David performed as a tenor with many of the world’s leading performance organizations worldwide such as Berlin Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Glyndebourne Festival, Los Angeles Opera, Deutsche Opera Berlin, Opera National de Paris, Teatro alla Scala and San Francisco Opera. David earned an Engineering Degree in Computer Science by the ITESM in Mexico and a post graduate joint degree in International Marketing by the Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain and the Universita di Milano, Italy. He is a recipient of the National Youth Prize in Arts by the Mexican Government and the First Prize in Placido Domingo’s Operalia. He has been featured in Ted Talks in Guadalajara, Mexico and Milano, Italy. David is fluent in Spanish, Italian, French and English.
Charlotte Lee is the President and Founder of Primo Artists, one of the leading artist management agencies in North America. Based in New York and established in 2015, Primo Artists prides itself on its selective roster of several of the world’s finest classical artists: violinists Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell and Nicola Benedetti; pianists Beatrice Rana and Seong-Jin Cho; conductors Cristian Măcelaru, Christian Reif and Gemma New; and composer Wynton Marsalis.A trained violinist, Lee has 20 years of experience in the music industry and prior to founding Primo Artists, she was a Senior Vice President at IMG Artists in New York where she worked for 17 years. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated cum laude in 1998. In 2015, Musical America named her as one of the top “30 Professionals of the Year” for her influence in the classical music business. Lee regularly serves as juror at various competitions and gives lectures about the music business at universities and conservatories in North America.
Julia Lagahuzère, works as General Director for Opera for Peace. She is also artistic consultant to the Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo, Norway. Julia has a passion for finding and helping to nurture young talent, and established a concert series in order to strengthen relations between the QSMIC and the top international young artist programs; notably in collaboration with the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. She has previously worked at the San Francisco Opera, Scottish Opera and Opéra de Limoges, and most recently as the highest international level as Deputy Casting Director for Opéra National de Paris in the two theatres of Opéra de Bastille and Palais Garnier. She is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, a musicology scholarship recipient at the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a Master’s degree in Opera and Visual Performing Arts from King’s College London in collaboration with the BBC Proms.
John Harpool, has been with The Dallas Opera for seven years and currently serves as Director of Budgeting and Acting CFO for The Dallas Opera. As a highly respected finance specialist for Hewlett-Packard/Electronic Data Systems (EDS), he was tapped for the role of Dallas Opera Budget Manager in 2011 and was promoted to Budget Senior Manager, until assuming his current role in May 2017. Prior to joining TDO, Mr. Harpool specialized in financial support, planning and analysis during his twenty-one years with Hewlett-Packard, Enterprise Services Unit / Electronic Data Systems (EDS), with a strong emphasis on operations and management support. Mr. Harpool’s responsibilities have included reporting and monitoring of the account’s multi-million dollar annual capital plan; audit requests; ad hoc reporting; trend analysis; forecast consolidation and analysis; invoicing and off-shore analysis.
Mariana Fonseca, as Director of Merchandising and Ancillary Strategy, drives the strategy and delivery of American Airlines’ ancillary products, including paid seats, checked bags, upgrades and flight changes. She is also responsible for establishing and managing partnerships with providers of third party travel products such as hotel stays, rental cars and travel insurance. With 7 years at the company, Mariana has held multiple leadership positions in Finance, Alliance Strategy and Corporate Planning.Through these roles, she has positively influenced American’s revenue growth strategy by balancing the needs of the customers with the service expectations that come from operating the world’s largest carrier. Mariana holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a Civil Engineering degree from the Instituto Teconologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. A fluent Spanish speaker, Mariana lived and worked in Mexico before joining American in Fort Worth, Texas.