Solo Opera

Full Board and Advisory Board

Sylvia Amorino, President
Bay Area Opera Stage Director (Solo Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, and Resident Stage Director of the
Opera Scenes Workshop- Holy Names University for six years)
Master of Music Degree- Holy Names University / Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance- SSU
Private Vocal Instructor- (35 years)
Founder/ Artistic Director/ Producer- Solo Opera and S.O.L.O. (Scenes from Opera and Light Opera) (2000-present)

Miguel Gonzalez, Vice President / Treasurer
Financial Analyst, AT & T  (40 years)
Co-Producer and Publicist – Solo Opera (2000-present)
M.B.A., B.S.- St. Mary’s College, Moraga   
Volunteer for St. Agnes Mexico Workcamp, which builds homes in Mexico, St.  Mary's College Latino Alumni, AT&T HACEMOS, and Contra Costa / Solano Food Bank.

Jeanette Kren, Secretary
Opera and theater enthusiast
Solo Opera volunteer/supporter since 2009
Volunteer leader for Girl Scout Summer Camps
Volunteer for “Vinnie’s Little Helpers” at St. Agnes Church which helps underprivileged people of all ages
Board member for the nationally recognized Concord High School Choir Program serving as Vice President of the Choir Booster Program and responsible for organizing and facilitating national tours, fundraising events, publicity, and promoting the positive value of the arts in local communities.

Naomi Colton, Board Member
Former Member of the Golden West Opera Company Chorus, Bunbury Western Australia
Former Treasurer of the Golden West Opera Company, Bunbury Western Australia
Former Member / Fundraising Committee of the Enchant Productions, Perth Western Australia
 (group is now known as En-chant Unlimited)
Amateur Opera / Choral singer since 1989   
Volunteer for the Concord Historical Sociey

Sara Jobin
First Woman Conductor- San Francisco Opera
(Returning 2013 to SFO to conduct the world premiere of “The Secret Garden”, the opera)
Conductor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra / Toledo Opera (Current Position)
Music Director - Center for Contemporary Opera, New York
Former Principal Conductor and Founder - Tassajara Symphony
Conductor for many companies around the US including: Opera Idaho, New York Shakespeare Festival,
Wolf Trap Opera, Anchorage Opera, Tacoma Opera, Arizona Opera, and Livermore Valley Opera

Alexander Katsman
Music Director / Conductor- Livermore Valley Opera
Opera Conductor for SF Opera Merola Program, San Jose Opera, West Bay Opera, Diablo Light Opera, Solo Opera
Faculty of Opera Workshops at Holy Names College, SF Conservatory of Music, San Jose State University, BASOTI
Vocal Coach, accompanist, and concert pianist

Monroe Kanouse
Opera conductor, vocal coach, concert accompanist
Faculty member/conductor of Holy Names University (Opera Scenes Workshop)
Retired faculty member/conductor of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Former Principal Conductor of the Sacramento Opera and the Oakland Opera
Freelance conductor at Bay Area opera companies including Lamplighters SF

Angel Iraola
NBCS (Net Business Consulting and Solutions, LLC)- Bay Area Visionary Entrepreneur and Web Solutions Specialist

Brian Pennebaker
Rossmoor- Recreation Department Special Events Coordinator, Walnut Creek

Carlyn Obringer
Concord City Council- Vice Mayor

Irene Davids- Blair
US Bank- Vice President/ Branch Manager (Concord Main Branch)

Nate Thomas
US Bank- Vice President/ Branch Manager (Elk Grove, CA)

Solomon Belette
Director, Sanford Institute of Philanthropy- John F. Kennedy University (Pleasant Hill Campus)


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