Pittsburgh Opera Announces Changes in Administration & Board

By Francisco Salazar

The Pittsburgh Opera has announced a number of shifts to its administration.

The company revealed the promotion of Artistic Administrator Robert Boldin to the role of Director of Artistic Operations and announced that William Powers, Pittsburgh Opera’s Managing Director who has been with the company for over 13 years, is departing the organization to take on the role of Executive Director of Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, the company noted that Caroline Barensfeld has joined Pittsburgh Opera’s Board of Directors.

Among the numerous announcements, the company also revealed that it is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Manager of Artistic Administration.

“We thank Bill for his dedicated service. He has been crucial to building Pittsburgh Opera into what it is today, and we know he will do great things at PYSO. I am delighted that we now have an opportunity to provide Rob with additional responsibilities. His promotion is the logical next step for this talented, hard-working opera professional,” Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn said in a press statement.

Boldin joined the Pittsburgh Opera in 2015 as Manager of Artistic Administration, before being promoted to Artistic Administrator in 2018.

Meanwhile, Barensfeld has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with a focus in Community Mental Health. She is currently a Treatment Clinician for the Services for Adolescent and Family Enrichment (SAFE) Program. She is a devoted opera fan and majored in Vocal Performance as an undergraduate.