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Scott Skiba

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Dean Buck

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Ashley Ostrowski

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Domenico Boyagian

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Dr. Stephanie Ruozzo

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Cliff Wilson

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Daniel Bell

Known for his savvy style on the podium and ability to communicate, Maestro Domenico Boyagian has proven to be highly valuable, sensitive and compassionate in his aesthetic delivery. Born and raised in Bologna, Italy and the son of the internationally renowned Armenian-Italian Verdi baritone Garbis Boyagian, Mº Boyagian arrived in the U.S. in 2000 to pursue his musical studies in piano and conducting.  In the 2014-15 season, Mº Boyagian is guest conductor with Opera North (NH) in his debut conducting La traviata. He is also an invited guest conductor in the fall with the Manhattan School of Music where he will work with young artists in scenes programs.

Cliff Wilson is the Artistic Administrator for the company and works closely with the General Director and Artistic Director. He served as Artistic Administrator of Opera Cleveland until the end of 2010.  He has had the opportunity to work with our directors, designers, artists, and technical staff.  Prior to Opera Cleveland, he served as the Director of Operations for Lyric Opera Cleveland, a company that produced a summer opera festival each year.  Cliff has a Master’s Degree in Education, taught for eleven years in the Cleveland Public Schools, and worked with a local chamber orchestra after teaching. He is glad to assist Cleveland Opera Theater with their fine productions each season.

Dean Buck is a Cleveland-based conductor, now serving his fourth season as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master with Cleveland Opera Theater. His conducting has been described as "fearless and firm," (Cleveland Classical,) and "maintaining a constant, flexible rapport with singers." (New York Observer.) He has additionally served as Music Director for Cleveland Opera Theater's {NOW} Fest for the past two seasons, supervising premiers, workshops and performances of works by such composers as Evan Mack, Dawn Sonntag and Griffin Candey. Dean has recently served as guest conductor for Heights Chamber Orchestra and Suburban Symphony Orchestra, and assistant conductor for the Mediterannean Opera Studio and Festival in Caltagirone, Sicily.  He holds a masters degree in orchestral conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

As a music historian, Dr. Ruozzo's research focuses largely on early musical comedies and the World War I output of Jerome Kern for the Princess Theatre, but her abiding passion for opera has led to lectures and publications exploring the art form through the 21st century. These projects include presentations on Mozart's Da Ponte operas and Thomas Adès' The Tempest as well as an article discussing the contemporary relevance of Verdi's "Va, pensiero."

She continues to modernize and advocate for music pedagogy in her position as Adjunct Professor of Music History at Wichita State University by developing their first entirely online and remote music history curriculum in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Daniel Bell is a grant writing volunteer with the company. Daniel was a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil from 2017-19, where he organized English language and cultural diplomacy programs at the Federal University of Viçosa. He is passionate about the power of opera and art to educate and foster intercultural understanding. He graduated from Florida State University with a BA in English in 2017.

Award-winning Stage Director Scott Skiba has led more than 70 new productions, earning recognition for his imaginative stage direction and dynamic physical approach to storytelling that is “masterful…ingenious…first-rate...vivid and emotionally charged." Scott serves as Executive Artistic Director of Cleveland Opera Theater, where his recent production of La Traviata was named “the best professional opera production Cleveland has seen in years.” Additional credits for the company include new productions of Madama Butterfly, Le nozze di Figaro, La Bohème, A Streetcar Named Desire, Tosca, La Rondine, Gianni Schicchi, Il Tabarro, Pagliacci, The Threepenny Opera, and the Cleveland premiere of Evan Mack and Joshua McGuire’s The Ghosts of Gatsby for The National Opera Association in a co-production with Baldwin Wallace Conservatory.

Alissa Hartman is a virtual Salesforce Admin volunteer with Cleveland Opera Theater, helping to optimize data in the platform. Alissa is passionate about the arts and their ability to ignite and inspire creativity. In her free time ,she enjoys practicing as a hobbyist photographer and visiting national parks and forest preserves. Currently residing in Chicago, IL, Alissa grew up in Michigan and is an alumna of Michigan State University.

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