The Transylvanian Opera Academy has launched POLYPHONIES, a new series of virtual roundtable discussions designed to examine the role of performing arts in the post-covid era. POLYPHONIES is a "meeting of the minds", inviting experts from complementary creative sectors to confront current challenges and explore possible solutions, moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Askren - Conductor and Artistic Director of Transylvanian Opera Academy
The first episode, "Recalibrations. Female leaders in opera discuss new frontiers in 2022", features four inspiring women who have found creative solutions to help opera evolve with the challenges of the time.
- Ana de Archuleta - Founder of A.D.A. Artist Management LLC - has quickly established herself as one of the most sought-after managers in the operatic field. Representing a thriving roster of vocalists, conductors, and directors worldwide. Her vast background in the arts has played a major role in her success as an artist manager. Throughout her life she has been involved in many facets of the performing arts as an instrumentalist, dancer, operatic stage manager, assistant director, opera chorister, and an operatic soloist. A sought-after mentor to Resident Artists of many performing arts organizations, Ana frequently offers her insights into the business aspect of the opera world via master classes and one on one consultations.
- Julia Lagahuzère - General Director Opera for Peace LYVW - is currently artistic consultant to the Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo, Norway and also Co-Founder of Circular Culture, an original and ambitious initiative linking Performing Arts with Circular Economy values.
- Kristian Roberts - Director of Education of The Dallas Opera - is the Director of Education of The Dallas Opera, a world-class performing arts organization located in Dallas, Texas. In this capacity, she leads the company’s student-based education efforts, overseeing programs designed for grades K-12 and college. Kristian has performed on the mainstage as a member of The Dallas Opera Chorus and is co-host for both the company’s outdoor simulcasts and Taking the Stage with Kristian and Quo on TDO Network. She is a member of the Advisory Board and Arts Council for Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and serves on OPERA America’s Racial Justice Opera Network Steering Committee to enrich the art form and industry through increased diversity and equitable practices.
- Brenna Corner - Stage Director and Dramatic Coach