MANAGEMENT & STAFF
Carol Shaw, Executive Director and CEO
A lifelong lover of the arts and avid operagoer, Carol Shaw is also a veteran of the not-for-profit world. With expertise in building community partnerships and communicating the mission of organizations, as well as demonstrated management and finance skills, she was, most recently, the Director of Development and Director of Marketing & Communications for Youth Haven in Southwest Florida. Ms. Shaw also served as Executive Director of the David Lawrence Foundation for nine years, and then as Vice President of Development for both the David Lawrence Center and Foundation.
Hailing from culturally rich Chicago, Ms. Shaw attended the University of Illinois and Roosevelt University with majors in public administration and English. She served as Vice President of Development for Hazelden in its Chicago facility and as Regional Vice President for the American Cancer Society’s third largest market in the country. In addition, she served as a consultant to not-for-profit organizations with the firm of Nike B. Whitcomb and Associates which gave her a strong foundation for understanding agency needs and giving them the tools needed for success.
Currently, she is a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a long-time member of The National Association for Female Executives. A former board member of the Economic Development Council of Collier County, she served as Treasurer and Vice President of Finance for the organization. Ms. Shaw is also a founding board member of Drug Free Collier where she chaired the Governance Committee.
Sharing a common vision for Opera Naples, Executive Director Carol Shaw and Artistic Director Maestro Ramón Tebar form a commanding team. Their partnership creates a dynamic that furthers the mission of the organization, and is advancing the opera company to a new level of professional excellence and artistic renown.
Maestro Ramón Tebar, Artistic Director
Internationally-acclaimed for his musical versatility, compelling interpretations, and inventive, fresh performances, he is the world’s first Spanish conductor to be appointed to an American opera company – the Florida Grand Opera. Maestro Tebar has served as Music Director since 2011, and has also served as Music Director of the Palm Beach Symphony since 2010 and in January Tebar was appointed Music Director of the Dominican Republic’s biannual Santo Domingo Festival.
Originally from Spain, Tebar’s career began as a pianist and Assistant Conductor in his hometown of Valencia at age 15. From there, he went on to become Assistant Conductor with the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, while at the same time graduating with honors in piano and chamber music. In the short time since his arrival in the U.S., Tebar has produced over 40 different operas, while maintaining a full schedule in Europe, the Caribbean, and South America.
Among Tebar’s numerous guest credits are Italy’s Orchestra Teatro Regio di Torino and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra and Germany’s Kolner Philharmonie. Maestro Tebar’s extensive list of who he has conducted reads like a who’s who in the world of the performing arts, including tenor Ben Heppner; violinist Joshua Bell; and soprano Maria Guleghina. In addition, Tebar remains in active collaboration with many of the world’s most famous vocal artists, including Montserrat Caballé, Angela Gheorghiu, and Roberto Alagna.
Maestro Tebar will make his Vienna State Opera debut in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia in winter 2016. He was named by Spanish magazine ABC as one of Spain’s most prominent conductors. Tebar currently lives with his family in Miami.
With Maestro Tebar’s international expertise leading Opera Naples’ artistic programming, the company is now better positioned to present world class performances featuring today’s most sought after performers.
Robin Shuford Frank, Music Administration, Chorus Master, Educational Outreach Director
As someone who dreamed of becoming a Broadway star as a child, it’s no wonder Robin Shuford Frank found herself serving as the Director of Educational Outreach, Chorus Master, Rehearsal Pianist – and multitalented go-to person – for Opera Naples.
Originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Ms. Frank was introduced to the arts at an early age. She made her stage debut at age 14 in Palm Beach Opera’s production of The Magic Flute, and from there, she was captivated by the culture. Ms. Frank’s passions were pursued when she enrolled at The Florida State University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in music education, and later a Master’s degree in accompanying and vocal coaching from Westminster Choir College. Thereafter, she served as an Adjunct Professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University, an Artist in Residence for Bak Middle School of the Arts, and a Pianist/Coach for Opera New Jersey.
After what was to be a temporary move to Naples became more permanent, Ms. Frank quickly became engaged in the arts world and was introduced to Opera Naples, and as they say … the rest is history.
Since joining Opera Naples, Ms. Frank has been instrumental – pun intended – in engaging Southwest Florida’s youth through the company’s student apprentice program, community outreach performances, in-school tours, and its young artist program. She also lends her talents as an accomplished pianist by serving as a rehearsal pianist for Opera Naples’ main productions, and as the head pianist for community concerts and ONcore appearances.
Frank works as an Adjunct Professor of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University and as Accompanist for The Festival Singers of Florida. She enjoys playing with the Naples Philharmonic and The Naples Players, as well as accompanying for various choral festivals and concerts.
Tony Panfili, Technical Director
A nationally-recognized production manager and in-house designer known for creating unique shows that appeal to audiences and maintain fiscal integrity. Since his start in performing arts administration, Panfili has advanced from Assistant to the Technical Director at a LORT theatre affiliated with Syracuse University in upstate New York, to a return to Tri-Cities Opera as Technical Director and Director of Production, and finally as Production Manager at the Capitol Repertory Theatre in Albany, New York. Panfili is also well known for his freelance work directing young opera artists in musical theatre, production design, and scenic design for such organizations as Rochester Opera Young Artists, the Lake George Theatre Festival, Odyssey Theatre, and The Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis. Panfili has been the recipient of several production design accolades including recognition from Kennedy Center ACTF for Eurydice. Panfili will not only work with Maestro Tebar on production, he will also oversee production and management of Opera Naples’ new headquarters – The David and Cecile Wang Opera Center – which is currently under construction and set to open in the Fall of 2014 at 2408 Linwood Ave in East Naples. Panfili is a graduate of Binghamton University and University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Leah Summers, Artistic Coordinator
Graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center in New York City. She has performed roles at New York City Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Dallas Opera, New Jersey Opera, Opera Colorado, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Naples, Opera Orchestra of New York, and Pittsburgh Opera. A soloist with the with NY Chamber Orchestra; the Ensemble Musica Sacra in Salzburg, Austria; the Naples Philharmonic; Richmond and West Virginia Symphonies; the Continuum Ensemble; the Tanglewood Music Festival Orchestra; the New Juilliard Ensemble; and the New York Festival of Song and Music Niagara in Canada. She has recorded Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the Dallas Symphony (Delos) and solo songs by Stephan Volpe (Bridge Records). Summers is also a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, a Herbert von Karajan grant from the Vienna Staatsoper, a William Matheus Sullivan Foundation career grant, and was a finalist of the Richard Tucker Foundation Awards. She holds degrees from the University of Miami (BA) and the Manhattan School of Music (MM).
Bruce Ford, Artistic Coordinator
Internationally acknowledged as one of the finest singers of his generation. His exceptionally demanding repertoire is highlighted by many of the most challenging Mozart and Bel Canto roles, which have brought him acclaim throughout North America and Europe. Ford has appeared frequently at many renowned European houses, such as La Scala, Milan, Bologna, Naples, Genoa, Florence, Amsterdam, Brussels, Zürich and Geneva. He was also a favorite at the Royal Opera House/Covent Garden, the Paris Opera, and the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Glyndebourne, and Pesaro festivals. In America he has won praise at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Minnesota Opera, and San Francisco Opera. His vast and award-winning discography includes the original version of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras for Sony Classics, as well as his critically-acclaimed Opera Rara aria recital Romantic Heroes (featuring works by Donizetti, Mercadante, Meyerbeer and Rossini).
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