Toledo Opera Announces New Education & Development Coordinator

By David Salazar

Toledo Opera has announced that Grace Wipfli will be its new education and development coordinator.

Wipfli hails from Toledo and was a Resident Artist with Toledo Opera in 2020-21 and 2021-22 where she appeared in “Il Trovatore” and was part of the Toledo Opera Galas in 2021 and 2022. She has also appeared at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and reached the Midwest Regionals of the Laffont Competition where she won the Encouragement Award.

In her new role, Wipfli will introduce opera to students in the Toledo area. She will also manage the “Opera on Wheels” and “Student Night at the Opera” programs.

“I firmly believe in arts education as a way to mold well-rounded, curious, and open-minded human beings,” the soprano said in an official press statement.

“We are very fortunate to have Grace as the newest member of our team,” said Toledo Opera Executive Director, Suzanne Rorick, in an official press statement. “It is the mission of Toledo Opera to create excellent opera experiences in the theater, classroom, and community that celebrate compelling stories which engage, connect, and inspire. I cannot think of a person more equipped to facilitate our educational programming. Not only does Grace have a unique perspective on our programming due to her time as a performer, but she also brings a deep understanding of the Toledo community to her role. It will be her life-long connection to the artform and Toledo area students that will breathe new life into our programming.”