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David Salazar


David Salazar is the Editor-in-Chief for OperaWire and is one of its co-creators. He is in charge of managing the team, organizing coverage, and editing content in addition to writing reviews and interviews. He also heads the weekly Opera Meets Film articles and Opera Quizzes.

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Francisco Salazar


Francisco Salazar is OperaWire’s lead publisher and co-creator. His focus is on daily news articles and interviews, as well as managing OperaWire’s social media channels.

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Jennifer Pyron


Jennifer Pyron is the Managing Editor for OperaWire and a writer who covers a wide range of opera performances in NYC and Europe. She’s been with OperaWire since 2017 and is based in Brooklyn, NY.

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Chris Ruel

Christopher Ruel started with OperaWire in 2018 and has profiled artists such as Kathryn Lewek, Erin Morley, Stephen Costello, Christine Goerke, Susan Graham, and Zachary James. His work also includes stage reviews and general news.

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Alan Neilson

Alan Neilson has been with OperaWire since 2017 and has been a major fixture in providing reviews and interviews throughout Europe, with an emphasis on Italian opera houses as well as such festivals as the Wexford Festival and the Innsbruck Early Music Festival, among others.

Originally a graduate in Economics, he went on to study a further degree in Opera Studies, qualifying with First Class Honours.

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John Vandevert

John David Vandevert is a Ph.D. candidate at Uppsala University in Sweden where he studies Russian rap from the 1990s and the process of national identity creation. He has been with OperaWire since 2020 and has reviewed opera and classical concerts in the United States and the United Kingdom. John contributes regularly to OperaWire, primarily with his monthly article about opera’s relationship with film, cinema, and the moving picture.

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Polina Lyapustina


An Editorial Writer, covering the social, ethical, economic, and political aspects of the industry. She joined OperaWire in 2018 with her opera reviews. In 2019, she started to focus on Editorial content. In 2020, Polina kicked off her Criticisms on Fridays series and started to run the OperaWire Editorial section.

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Mike Hardy

Mike Hardy is a Royal Television Society award-nominated investigative journalist who has worked in the British television and print media industries for over 25 years.

His passion for opera is very much embedded and reflected in the ethos of OperaWire insomuch that he likes to focus on the amazing people who continue to bring this incredible art form to life for the public’s consumption.

He divides his time as a journalist with helping to run a martial arts academy in the South East UK.

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Gordon Williams

Gordon Kalton Williams is an Australian-born librettist based in Los Angeles. Among his credits are the epic, “Journey to Horseshoe Bend” (with composer, Andrew Schultz) and new dialogue for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s revival of Australia’s first opera, 1847’s “Don John of Austria”.

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Logan Martell

Logan Martell has been with OperaWire since 2017. He initially started off covering the general news, but is now focused on reviews and interviews in New York City.

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Greg Waxberg

Greg Waxberg, a writer and magazine editor for The Pingry School, is also an award-winning freelance writer. His website is gregwaxbergfreelance.com.
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Christina Waters

Christina Waters is a fifth generation Californian with a PhD in Philosophy and 20 years teaching experience at UCSanta Cruz. A Bay Area journalist specializing in art, food, wine, and literature, she is a music and theater reviewer for Metro Newspapers. Author of the memoir Inside the Flame, Waters has written a trio of murder mysteries set in the worlds of opera, genetic engineering, and academia. She lives, writes, and paints in Santa Cruz, California. christinawaters.com

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Matt Costello

Matt Costello’s work — across all media — has meshed story, gameplay and technology.

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John Carroll

John Carroll’s life-long affinity for classical vocal music began in high school. He earned an MFA from Temple University and has performed leading roles in regional productions of everything from Shakespeare and Shaw to Sullivan and Sondheim, as well as singing bass in major works of Bach, Brahms, and Britten with Seattle Pro Musica. He is an avid record collector with a specialization in soprano recital discs from all over the world, thousands of which are featured on his website Vinyl Divas, with hundreds of sound clips on his YouTube channel: songbirdwatcher. John has contributed articles and reviews for several online opera forums, and in another life was a marketing writer for a leading brand communications firm.

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