Board of Directors 2021-2022


Board President:

Melanie Brunet Relyea

Vice President:

Camille Tisdel


Mark R. Ciaralli

Board Development:

Richard Jaeger

Secretary and Fundraising Committee Chair: 

Ludger Viefhues-Bailey

Immediate Past President:

Casey Johnson

Board Members


Casey Barduhn

Dayle Burgess

Henriette Carvalho

Vicki Feldman

Ron Ferguson

Doug Goldschmidt

Sonya Hines

Soo Yeon Hong

Julie Newell

Gregory Sheppard

Jim Shults

Barb Stone

Board Statement

Syracuse Opera enriches the lives of the people of upstate New York through locally produced opera, the one all-inclusive art form that celebrates the beauty of the human singing voice through the spectacle of live theatre.

Our core values are Artistic Excellence, Integrity, and Community Enrichment.

Enjoy world-class singers and the excitement of live theater throughout the year at Syracuse Opera. Fully staged performances featuring both world-class singers and local talent delight audiences across Central New York with traditional productions, imaginative new interpretations, and innovative contemporary works.

Founded in 1974, Syracuse Opera is the only year-round professional opera company in Central New York. We create an extraordinary experience and are a cultural destination for Syracuse and the Central New York region.