Opera Europa Elects New President

By Francisco Salazar

Opera Europa has selected a new president.

The association announced that Teatro Real’s General Director Ignacio García-Belenguer will be the new President of Opera Europa, the association that brings together more than 200 lyric theaters and festivals in Europe, China, New Zealand, India and Israel, among others.

The association also selected Martin Glaser, General Director of Narodni divadlo Brno, as Vice-President, alongside Laura Berman, Intendantin of Staatstoper Hannover.

Alexandra Stampler-Brown, Managing Director of Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf-Duisburg, was renewed as Treasurer, and Henning Ruhe, Artistic Director Opera/Drama at GöteborgsOperan, was renewed as Secretary.

In a statement Ignacio García-Belenguer, “It is an honor to be elected to take over the presidency of Opera Europa. I must thank our outgoing president, Anna Maria Meo, for her excellent leadership during the challenging past years, guiding our association through the war in Ukraine and leading the recruitment process of our new director. I look forward to working with Karen Stone and her team to build on our strong basis, welcoming new members to Opera Europa, developing our professional services – our events, forums and Operabook, and growing the reach and diversity of work presented on OperaVision.”