Pittburgh Opera Elects New President Of Board Of Directors

By Francisco Salazar

Pittsburgh Opera has announced that Dr. Donald Fischer has been elected President of its Board of Directors.

Fischer has been a member of Pittsburgh Opera’s Board of Directors since 2012 and is an Independent Health Consultant who served as Senior Vice President of Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Highmark, Inc. for over a decade.

“This is a tremendous honor for me. It is a great privilege to become Board President of such a dynamic, passionate organization,” Fischer noted. “As someone who’s always loved to sing, Pittsburgh Opera represents the pinnacle of artistic excellence. I look forward to building on the work of my predecessors to help Pittsburgh Opera thrive and thrill the people of our region for generations to come.”

Fischer succeeds Gene Welsh, who served as Board President since 2015 and stated, “The expiration of my term as Board President is bittersweet. I am proud of what this tremendous organization has accomplished during my tenure. I am passing the baton to a dedicated leader who I know will help Pittsburgh Opera continue its forward momentum and string of successes.”

The Pittsburgh Opera’s 2019-20 season opens on Oct. 12 with Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.”