Abigail Rollins Named Executive Director Of Berkshire Opera Festival

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Claudia d’Alessandro)

The Board of Directors of Berkshire Opera Festival has announced the appointment of Abigail Rollins as Executive Director.

Rollins will take the helm of the organization on Sept. 3, 2019 after the close of the Berkshire Opera Festival’s fourth season production of “Don Pasquale.” She will replace Interim Executive Director Claudia d’Alessandro, whose term has ended.

In the new position Rollins will be the chief administrative officer of the festival and will work with the Board to achieve the festival’s mission to entertain and enrich the lives of all people throughout the Berkshire region by providing accessible and affordable performances high quality opera productions. She will be responsible for BOF’s fiscal management, and will implement the festival’s strategic plan while fostering relationships with donors and community organizations.

Rollins said in a press release, “I am honored to become the next Executive Director of Berkshire Opera Festival and would like to thank Brian, Jonathon, and the BOF Board for their warm welcome to this incredible organization.  BOF has so much to be proud of: a strong mission, quality performances, a dedication to the community, and behind it all, a group of intelligent, caring, and passionate individuals working tirelessly to pull it all together.  I am excited to see what we accomplish together in the years to come.”

Vira Slywotzky, President of the Board and chair of the search committee added, “Abi is a wonderful addition to the BOF family. Smart, kind, thoughtful, diligent, and creative, Abi is the leader BOF needs in order to grow, to strengthen its roots, and to expand its reach.  We are very fortunate to have found her.”