Board and Staff


Elisabeth Juen Waltz

Jon Nash

Wendi Kushner
Past Chairman

Ernest Auerbach
Past President

James D. Green Jr.

Michael S. Metteauer
Legal Counsel

Eva Womack
Vice President Advocacy

Ann Laubach
Vice President Development

Tina Barrett Ph.D.
Vice President Education

Curby Conoley
Vice President
Community Programs

Connee B. Sullivan
Vice President Finance & Audit

Rob Hagelberg
Vice President Trustees

Stephen S. Jeffrey
Vice President Special Funds
Endowment Board President
Board President-Elect


Lissa Anderson
Polly Barbaro
Mary Ellen Borgelt
Matt Curtis
Paula Damore
Dean A. Dresser
Dennis J. Eakin
Michael Erspamer

Jerry Gatlin
Laura Gutiérrez-Witt
Colleen Halbrook
Andrew Heller
David Jabour
Kevin A. Kaylakie
Jeff Kodosky
William W. Krumpack
Carol Logan

Carlos Lowenberg Jr.
Adriel Meditz
Marcy Melanson
Jane Parker
Graydon Parrish
Brian H. Powell
Jeffrey Rabkin
Jayanth Shreedhara

Jay B. Stewart
David N. Tobey Jr., M.D.
Steven Tyler
Stephen R. Watson
Jim Whorton
Sandra Wilkie
Cornelia Foster Wood

Advisory Trustees

Ray Benson
Thomas B. Martin
William B. Mitchell
Andrew Schwartz

Trustees Emeritus

Frederick S. Addy
Ada Anderson
James C. Armstrong
Sandy Ball
Suzannah Cox Barnebey
Philip W. Barnes
Helen Baxter
Amelia Bullock
Paul Burns M.D.
Tana Christie

Nell Dale Ph. D.
Harvey Evans D.D.S.
Doyle M. Fellers
David Harrington
Lloyd Lochridge
Susan Lubin
Robert Mettlen, Ph.D.
The Honorable Lyndon Olson Jr.
William B. Paddock
H. Robert Powell

Gay Ratliff
Harriet Rutland
Katharine Shields
Suzanne Shore
R. Clint Smith
Philip Spertus
Connie Webb
Catherine Wildermuth Ph. D.

Annie Burridge, General Director & CEO


Annie Burridge was named General Director & CEO of Austin Opera in October 2016, following a nine-year tenure at Opera Philadelphia.

As Managing Director at Opera Philadelphia, Ms. Burridge was responsible for the implementation of the company’s business plan and direct oversight of the development, marketing, and communications departments. She led the company’s rebranding campaign and the most comprehensive consumer research study ever conducted in the opera field, leading to the company’s new programming model and the creation of the O17 festival. During her tenure as Opera Philadelphia’s chief development officer, contributed income increased 183%.

Before switching her focus to administration, Annie performed with numerous opera companies and orchestras, and was a young artist with Des Moines Metro Opera. Annie holds a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Pennsylvania; a M.M. in Voice Performance and a M.M. in Opera Studies from the New England Conservatory; and graduated the valedictorian of the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State University, where she earned a B.M. in Voice Performance with a Minor in Business Administration. Annie is an alumnus of Wharton’s Women’s Executive Leadership program and OPERA America’s Leadership Intensive program.

Annie Burridge, General Director


Richard Buckley, The Sarah and Ernest Butler Artistic Director

Maestro Richard Buckley, now in his 13th season with Austin Opera, has been heralded by critics across the world for his dynamic contributions and passionate conducting style in both the orchestral and operatic genres. His extraordinary career includes performing with the following companies:

  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • San Francisco Opera
  • Los Angeles Opera
  • Washington Opera
  • New York City Opera
  • Santa Fe Opera
  • Florida Grand Opera
  • Seattle Opera
  • Houston Opera
  • Opera Company of Philadelphia
  • Canadian Opera Company
  • L’Opéra de Montréal

He has also enjoyed return engagements at the following companies:

  • Royal Opera House at Covent Garden
  • Deutsche Oper Berlin
  • L’Opéra National de Paris
  • Hamburg Statsoper
  • National Theatre of Mannheim
  • Teatro Colon
  • Royal Danish Opera
  • Royal Swedish Opera
  • Göteborg Opera
  • Norwegian National Opera
  • De Nederlandse Opera
  • Teatro San Carlo Lisbon

Maestro Buckley’s engaging interpretations have been heard with some of the world’s finest orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Toronto, Utah and Seattle.

Maestro Buckley has toured with London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; conducted a gala with the Berlin Radio Symphony which was televised nationally and recorded for Koch-Schwann; and appeared with the BBC Philharmonic in the “Great Composers” series for BBC Television. He has also had guest appearances with the Prague Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Hallé Orchestra, L’Orchestre National de Lyon, Ulster Orchestra, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary Philharmonic. In addition to his many impressive guest conducting engagements, Maestro Buckley has served as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, Music Director of the Oakland Symphony and Principal Conductor of Opera Cleveland.

Maestro Buckley was Artistic Director of Austin Opera from September 2003 until July 2007. He brought national attention to this company by spearheading a city wide Shostakovich Festival in 2006, bringing new works into the repertoire including Elektra and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and producing the American premiere of Glass’ Waiting for the Barbarians. 

In 2007, Maestro Buckley was named Principal Conductor, leading the following works with Austin Opera: Carmen, The Bat, Rigoletto, Dialogue of the Carmelites, La Boheme, L’Etoile, Hansel and Gretel, La Traviata, L’Italiana in Algeri, Flight, Magic Flute, Lucia, Turandot, Pagliacci, Marriage of Figaro, and Faust.

In addition to the above, Maestro Buckley has continued to guest conduct, performing Aida with Edmonton Opera; Fidelio with Utah Opera, Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci in Ottawa Lyric Opera;  Il Trittico with Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; Don Carlo and Gianni Schicchi/Pagliacci with Cincinnati Opera; Rigoletto with Baltimore Opera; La Boheme with the Royal Swedish Operaand National Theater Mannheim; and Turandot for the Casals Festival.

Known for taking opera to a new level emotionally, Buckley continues to be a strong supporter of new works. He premiered Bright Sheng’s The Song of Manjun, Stephen Paulus’ The Woodlanders and The Woman at Otowi Crossing, and led the United States premiere of Aulis Sallinen’s The King Goes Forth to France. He conducted newly revised versions of Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra and Martin Levy’s Mourning Becomes Elektra as well as Ricky Ian Gordon’s Grapes of Wrath.

In January 2012, Maestro Buckley became Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, leading Austin Opera to new levels of artistic excellence. In the 2013-14 Season we were honored to celebrate his 10-year anniversary.


Austin Opera conductor Richard Buckley makes opera part of Austin’s DNA, October 2013, CultureMap Austin

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Annie Burridge

General Director & CEO

Nathan DePoint

Director of Operations

Holton Johnson

Technology and Database Administrator


Jennifer Dubin

Chief Development Officer

Angie Bonnici

Director of Individual Giving

Chelsea Toler-Hoffmann

Manager of Institutional Giving


Debra Erck

Director of Education


Eva Kuhlman

Director of Finance


Melysa Rogen

Director of Marketing and Communications

Dianne Van Hulle

Patron Services Manager


Richard Buckley

The Sarah and Ernest Butler Artistic Director
Vincent E. Herod

Technical Director

Rebecca Graham

Production Coordinator

Nyle Matsuoka

Principal Coach and Pianist

Beverly Frittelli

Orchestra Manager


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