from Inside Indy Terrace July 2020 Edition

Austin Opera would like to congratulate a very special member of our opera family upon her retirement, Patron Services Manager Dianne van Hulle. Our longest-serving employee to date, Dianne joined the opera as one of its first full-time staffers in July of 1987. Over the years, she was deeply dedicated to providing exemplary service to patrons, artists, volunteers, and staff, always with a smile and a positive attitude, and sometimes with a tale or two about life in her home state of Louisiana!

“Dianne was a loyal and reliable member of the Austin Opera team,” said Melysa Rogen, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications and Dianne’s supervisor. “She won the hearts of the many people she came to know through her phone calls and in-person patron interactions. She’s the type of service professional every organization would be lucky to have.”

Whenever anyone visited our Indy Terrace offices, Dianne was there to say hello and serve our guests with a smile. She also managed the box office, working with patrons to select the perfect seats to our many wonderful and exciting performances. When at the Long Center, Dianne was the mainstay in the box office and made sure every audience member was taken care of before the curtain went up.

Annie Burridge, General Director & CEO remarked, “Dianne greeted each day with positivity and joy. She always made sure the staff and I had everything we needed. Her generous spirit will be celebrated for years to come.”

It is with extreme gratitude and appreciation that we thank Dianne for her many contributions to Austin Opera. We wish her the very best, reminded that she will forever be a valued member of our opera family!