Jenna Wolf is currently the Publicity and Digital Media Manager at Lenny’s Studio, a renowned female-founded public relations and digital firm, which collaborates with an acclaimed roster of artists and organizations. Previously, she worked in Development and External Relations for Minnesota Opera, and has consulted on fundraising and communications strategies with arts organizations throughout the United States. Jenna was an inaugural member of Arts Midwest’s Future Leaders Network, and has served on the board of the Tempo Young Professionals Organization. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and a Master’s degree in Music from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, both in Horn Performance.
Sarah Williams is the New Works Administrator at Opera Philadelphia. A savvy producer, she commissions, develops, and explores new works of the highest artistic aesthetic for the national and international stage by presenting innovative programming. Williams identifies extraordinary artists, both established and emerging, to create their most imaginative and inspired work that propels the genre forward. OPERA magazine describes her work, in large terms as “expanding on the traditional demographics of opera’s creators and practitioners as well as its audiences.” Sarah serves as a Board Member for the American Composers Forum. She is a member of New Opera Dialogues, an international platform for opera creators and producers, most recently meeting in Germany. She also serves on the Artistic Advisory Board of Young Women Composers Camp.
Emmanuel Villaume continues to lead captivating performances with the most prominent opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world. Entering his seventh year as Music Director of The Dallas Opera, Villaume heads three productions at the Winspear Opera House this season, including Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel, and Verdi’s Don Carlo. Villaume returns to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in January for performances of Puccini’s La bohème, followed by his return to the Metropolitan Opera House for additional performances of La bohème in April. He makes his debut at the Teatro di San Carlo for a new production of Carmen in July 2020.
Dmitry Vdovin, founder and artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre Young Artist Program since 2009, is hailed as the world’s leading vocal coach. He was artistic director and teacher at the Moscow International School of Vocal Art which made it possible for leading opera teachers and specialists from Russia, USA, Italy, Germany and Great Britain to come to Moscow to work with the most talented young singers. He has also been resident guest teacher at the Houston Grand Opera Young Artists Program (HGO Studio) and Opernhaus Zürich. He is regularly asked to serve as a jury member on international music competitions. Among his students are leading soloists in the greatest opera houses, such as the Bolshoi, La Scala, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Opéra National de Paris, amongst others.
Beth Stewart is the founder of Verismo Communications, a classical music PR firm that prizes authenticity over plasticity, creates space and opportunity in clients’ lives, and operates with unswerving integrity. With Verismo, she has propelled clients to features in top international publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, Opera, Opera News, Billboard, and Gramophone. She has played an integral role in major promotional campaigns, with clients such as mezzo Jamie Barton, soprano Corinne Winters, conductors Eun Sun Kim and Lidiya Yankovskaya, and Against the Grain Records earning recognition from the Solti Foundation US, International Opera Awards, Latin Grammy Awards, Juno Awards, and BBC Music Magazine Awards. Beth’s trademark drive and infectious energy have been instrumental in the launch of Turn The Spotlight, created to illuminate the path to a more equitable future in the arts.
Jennifer Spencer trained at the Royal College of Music, London, as a violinist and subsequently joined the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as a first violinist. She then moved into Artist Management – initially at Van Walsum then latterly as a Director of Harrison Parrott where, over the course of 20 years, she managed such names as Paavo Jarvi, Sakari Oramo, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Ivan Fischer, Andrey Boreyko, Krzysztof Urbanski and Xian Zhang. Jennifer left Harrison Parrott in June 2016 to work on her own projects. Currently, she is working alongside Ivan Fischer on the artistic and touring planning for the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and (in October 2017) she created a small conductor roster which she operates in conjunction with IMG Artists Ltd from London.