OPERA AMERICA ANNOUNCES THE DEDICATION OF MARC A. SCORCA HALL; Audition Recital Hall Renamed in Honor of President/CEO Marc A. Scorca’s 25th Anniversary

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Audition Recital Hall Renamed in Honor of

President/CEO Marc A. Scorca’s 25th Anniversary



New York, NY—OPERA America’s Audition Recital Hall, the physical and metaphorical heart of the National Opera Center, has been named in honor of Marc A. Scorca in celebration of his 25th anniversary at the helm of the organization.


Marc A. Scorca Hall was officially dedicated on Saturday, February 28 with an evening of tributes and performances that exemplified Scorca’s significant impact on the opera field. The event was hosted by Evans Mirageas, the Harry T. Wilks artistic director of Cincinnati Opera, and featured remarks from Frayda B. Lindemann, Ph.D., chairman of OPERA America’s board of directors; and Charles MacKay, general director of The Santa Fe Opera.


During the dedication ceremony, legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, a longtime friend of Scorca, performed a range of operatic and musical theater works. “I am so honored to be the first to perform in Marc A. Scorca Hall!” she declared before her performance.


The dedication ceremony also featured a moving video tribute to Scorca’s career. The video may be viewed on OPERA America’s YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/3yw_Qbyhapk.


Of the dedication, Charles MacKay said, “We are saluting a much-beloved friend — someone who is the exemplar when it comes to the exceptional leader. He is someone who goes before us leading the way, who guides and informs us, who inspires us to do the very best that we can, and who demonstrates that there are incredible rewards ahead if we just keep the faith. So, it is fitting that we dedicate this wonderful space in tribute to his matchless service to OPERA America for the last 25 years, and we do so with huge admiration and gratitude.”


The naming of Marc A. Scorca Hall was made possible by a $2 million honorary campaign led by board members, colleagues and friends. For a list of the leaders of and contributors to the campaign, please see below.


Following the dedication ceremony and dinner, friends and colleagues assembled in Marc A. Scorca Hall for a cabaret performance. Reflecting OPERA America’s history under Marc A. Scorca of supporting the creation and enjoyment of new opera works, the cabaret featured a new song (“Raise a Glass”) written in honor of the occasion by Paola Prestini and Mark Campbell. The cabaret also featured a performance of “You Need Song” by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell, which was part of the OPERA America Songbook. Consisting of 47 pieces, the Songbook was commissioned by OPERA America in 2012 to mark the opening of the National Opera Center.


Since Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990, the organization’s scope has increased dramatically, both in leading and serving the art form. OPERA America’s membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support of North American operas and opera audiences, and launched an endowment in 2000 to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new works and related audience development activities. In 2005, Scorca spearheaded OPERA America’s relocation from Washington, D.C. to New York City and the subsequent construction of the National Opera Center, which opened in 2012. He has led strategic planning retreats for opera companies and other cultural institutions internationally, and has participated on panels for federal, state and local funding agencies, as well as for numerous private organizations. Scorca also played an instrumental role in the founding of Opera.ca and Opera Europa, OPERA America’s sister organizations.


A strong advocate of collaboration, Scorca has led several major cross-disciplinary projects, including the Performing Arts Research Coalition, the National Music Leadership Coalition and the National Performing Arts Convention (2004 and 2008). He has served as a member of the U.S. delegation to UNESCO and currently serves as an officer of the Performing Arts Alliance, a member of the Board of Overseers of the Curtis Institute of Music and on the Music Advisory Board of Hunter College (CUNY). Due in large part to Scorca’s contributions to the organization, OPERA America was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in 2013. Scorca attended Amherst College, where he graduated with high honors in both history and music.

Top photo: Marc A. Scorca. Jeff Reeder/OPERA America.

Middle photo: L-R: Marc A. Scorca, Frayda B. Lindemann, Charles MacKay. Jeff Reeder/OPERA America.

Bottom photo: Frederica von Stade. Jeff Reeder/OPERA America.

High-resolution versions of these and other photos are available upon request to Patricia K. Johnson at [email protected].

Contributors to the Campaign to Celebrate Marc A. Scorca’s 25th Anniversary as President/CEO of OPERA America



Berwind Fund

Emilie Roy Corey

Elizabeth and Jean-Marie Eveillard

James A. Feldman and Natalie Wexler

Alvin W. and Dale S. Filstrup

Scott H. and Margee M. Filstrup

Allen R. and Judy Brick Freedman

Mary Ann and Lloyd Gerlach

Jane A. Gross

Carol and Warner Henry

Pamela J. Hoiles

Horace H. Irvine II

Harry Lee and Clive Potter

Ronald and Barbara Leirvik

Jay Lesenger

Frayda and George Lindemann

Susan F. and William C. Morris

Michael and Noémi Neidorff

John J. Pohanka

Jane and Morton Robinson

Jill and William Steinberg

Steve and Jenny Trampe

John G. Turner and Jerry G. Fischer





Bank of America

Susan Bienkowski

Gus and Mary Blanchard

Keith and Jennifer Cerny

Eugenie C. Cowan

  1. Henry Cox III

Don Dagenais

Julia W. Dayton

Dr. and Mrs. Joseph DeLeese

Karin Eames

Bob Ellis and Jane Bernstein

Lisa Erdberg and Dennis Gibbons

Carlisle Floyd

Catherine French

Anthony Freud and Colin Ure

Louise Gaylord

Sherwin M. Goldman

Jane M. Gullong

Jane Hartley

Meredith Hathorn Penick

Margaret Haupt

Evan J. Hazell

Jake Heggie

Plato and Dorothy Karayanis

Esther and Kenneth Kashkin

Lori Laitman

Carol Lazier and Jay Merritt

Charles MacKay

Beth Madison

Eloise McEldowney

David S. McIntosh

David Mesker and Dorothy Haase

Zizi Mueller and John LaCava

Esther Nelson

Timothy O’Leary

Ruth Orth and Rick Harper

Mr. and Mrs. E. Lee Perry

Patric and Mary Powell

James and Deborah Reda

Melody and Warren Schubert

Susan and Jeremy Shamos

Marilyn Shapiro

Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon

Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Stuhlreyer III

Gregory C. Swinehart

Robert S. and Shoshana B. Tancer

Melia and Mike Tourangeau

Diane Wondisford

Francesca Zambello and Faith Gay




Mark Adamo and John Corigliano, David Bennett, Beth Morrison Projects, Daniel Biaggi, Dorothy Anne Blatt, Larry and Coren Bomback, Doris and Michael Bronson, Wayne Brown, John Buscarelo, Gregory Carpenter, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Conrad Cummings, Susan T. Danis, David DiChiera, Lawrence Edelson, Michael Egel, Sarah Moulton Faux, William Florescu, Barbara Winter Glauber, David Gockley, Neal Goren, Dr. Robert and Suzanne Hasl, J. David Jackson, Charles Jarden, William Jones, Cassandra E. Joseph, Jenny Kallick and Robert Bezucha, Joseph H. Kluger, Ben Krywosz, Andrew M. Kurtz, Robert E. Lee III, Sally S. Levy, Susan and Philip Marineau, Leslie BradberryMastroianni, W.R. (Bob) McPhee, Patricia Mitchell, OPERA America Staff, Nicole Paiement, Nicholas Payne, Anna Rabinowitz, Nicholas Russell, Norman D. Ryan, Ian, Annie and Jacqueline Sale, Kathryn Smith, Peter and Joanna Townsend, Lyndsay Werking and Peter Yip, Judith G. Wolf, Sharon and Fillmore Wood, Darren K. Woods



For more information about OPERA America and its services,

visit operaamerica.org.



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About OPERA America

OPERA America (operaamerica.org) leads and serves the entire opera community, supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera.

  • Artistic services help opera companies and creative and performing artists to improve the quality of productions and increase the creation and presentation of North American works.
  • Information, technical and administrative services to opera companies reflect the need for strengthened leadership among staff, trustees and volunteers.
  • Education, audience development and community services are designed to enhance all forms of opera appreciation.


Founded in 1970, OPERA America’s worldwide membership network includes nearly 200 Company Members, 300 Associate and Business Members, 2,000 Individual Members and more than 12,000 subscribers to the association’s electronic news service. In response to the critical need for suitable audition, rehearsal and recording facilities, OPERA America opened the first-ever NATIONAL OPERA CENTER (operaamerica.org/OperaCenter) in September 2012 in New York City. With a wide range of artistic and administrative services in a purpose-built facility, OPERA America is dedicated to increasing the level of excellence, creativity and effectiveness across the field.


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