Opera Orlando Announces Major Organizational Shifts

By David Salazar

Opera Orlando has announced some changes atop its organization.

The company unveiled that Gabriel Preisser, who was previously the company’s artistic and executive director, has shifted to the position of general director. Meanwhile, Grant Preisser, who was the creative director, will take over the role of artistic director.

The company also revealed that the success of its recent season is in a large part attributed to the leadership of new development director Russell P. Allen. There will also be two new roles for the staff including company manager (Emily DeNardo) and technical director (Tyler Thomas). Beatriz Ramirez will take over as patron services manager while Janessa Gursky has joined as social media manager and graphic designer.

Finally, Carol Stuckey is financial controller, Robin Jensen is the Opera Orlando Youth Company director, and Sarah Purser is community engagement coordinator. The company is currently in search of a marketing director and education director.

Additionally, Opera Orlando has partnered with Orlando Ballet, Creative City Project, and Mad Cow Theatre to create a shared shop and warehouse space for the four companies to build and store sets and props.

“I want to thank the Central Florida community for its support of​ Opera Orlando over the past five years,” stated general director Gabriel Preisser in a press release. “We would not have experienced the growth that we have had without it. A big thanks to the City of Orlando and Orange County, and all of our wonderful donors, patrons, and community members who have helped Opera Orlando grow from a $250,000 annual budget to a $1.5 million annual budget while staying in the black and increasing the Company’s cash reserves. This steady climb over the past five years has been strategic in preparation for a full season in Steinmetz Hall at Dr. Phillips Center, which will open this season. Looking forward to seeing you ALL at the Opera.”