• Daniel Biaggi
    Daniel Biaggi
    General Director
  • David Stern
    David Stern
    Chief Conductor
  • Greg Ritchey
    Greg Ritchey
    Associate Conductor & Chorus Master
  • Timothy Cheung
    Timothy Cheung
    Head Coach - Young Artist Program
  • Scott Guzielek
    Scott Guzielek
    Director of Artistic Operations
  • Joe Cremona
    Joe Cremona
    Director of Finance & Administration
  • Ceci Dadisman
    Ceci Dadisman
    Director of Communications
  • Amanda Kahan
    Amanda Kahan
    Communications Manager
  • Kristina Klaas
    Kristina Klaas
    Patron Engagement & Grants Manager
  • Dr. Jourdan Laine Howell
    Dr. Jourdan Laine Howell
    Education & Community Engagement Manager
  • Jennifer Isola
    Jennifer Isola
    Audience Services Manager
  • Christina Sheridan
    Christina Sheridan
    Audience Services & Group Sales Associate
  • Kimberly Banta
    Kimberly Banta
    Patron Engagement Assistant
  • Ann Baskind
    Ann Baskind
    Guild & Patron Relations Liaison
Daniel Biaggi
General Director

Daniel joined Palm Beach Opera in 2005, was appointed General Director in 2009, and works closely with the Board of Directors to continuously increase the company’s social impact in the community. He leads all artistic planning, community engagement initiatives, and organizational events. Key achievements include an annual free outdoor opera concert called Opera @ The Waterfront at the Meyer Amphitheater, and the first world premiere production of an American opera in the company’s history, Enemies, A Love Story. Along with his terrific administrative team, he’s responsible for increasing the national recognition of Palm Beach Opera’s Benenson Young Artist Program, as well as several new education and community engagement programs.

Daniel currently serves as Chairman of the Cultural Executives Committee of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, is a Board member of OPERA America, and is a frequent vocal competition judge (Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Tucker Music Foundation, and Jensen Foundation, among others).

Previously, Daniel was Associate Director at Guy Barzilay International Artist Management in New York, served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, and Sarah Lawrence College, and worked extensively for the Metropolitan Opera Guild. A classically trained singer, Daniel has performed operatic roles and recitals in the US and Europe.

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David Stern
Chief Conductor

A native New Yorker, David Stern is a born communicator. As former music director of Israel Opera and founder/director of the Paris-based opera studio and period-instrument ensemble, Opera Fuoco, as well as incoming opera music director for the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado, he not only is a performer but a musical figurehead in each of these communities.

David Stern is also frequent guest with orchestras around the globe. This season’s engagements include the Drottningholm Opera Festival, the Edmonton and Palm Beach Operas, the Vienna Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the National Orchestra of Mexico. He was appointed music director of the Shanghai Baroque Festival, a new international festival premiering in December 2014.

Invitations as opera conductor have taken him to La Monnaie, Opéra de Lyon, the English National Opera, Marseille, Strasbourg and St. Gallen, where he was music director from 2008-2012. He has directed productions at the Lucerne and Gstaad Festivals and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Among his collaborators have been directors Yoshi Oida and Stephane Braunschweig, David Alden and Jakob Peters-Messer.

In 2014, Stern and Opera Fuoco bring a newly commissioned opera, Cosi Fanciulli, to the Théâtre de St Quentin and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. With Israel Opera, he championed the contemporary work, The Child Dreams by composer Gil Shohat. It was featured at the in the Wiesbaden Festival in 2012. Stern is back at Palm Beach Opera, after a highly successful Macbeth in 2014.

Stern received his Bachelor of Arts from Yale and his Masters of Music from the Juilliard School.

Greg Ritchey
Associate Conductor & Chorus Master

During Greg’s time at PBO, he has been Chorus Master for nineteen productions including Turandot, Don Giovanni, Thaïs, Fidelio, Otello, Pagliacci, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, La Boheme, L’Italiana in Algeri, L’elisir d’Amore, Nabucco, Orfeo ed Euridice as well as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Verdi’s Requiem.  He has also conducted the Family Performances of Carmen, Così fan tutte, The Barber of Seville, and The Daughter of the Regiment.

Mr. Ritchey also serves as Assistant Conductor at Opera Theater of Saint Louis where he recently conducted performances of  Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Hans Krasa’s Brundibar.  He was also Chorus Master for the European premiere of Peter Ash’s The Golden Ticket at Wexford Festival Opera.  He was Principal Coach for the American premiere of Rudolf Schecter’s Der Ferne Klang at the  Bard Music Festival and also at Dallas Opera’s opening gala performance at the new Winspear Opera House  and for their production of Otello.  He previously held music staff positions at Central City Opera, Virginia Opera, Sarasota Opera and Kentucky Opera. As the Music Director of the Dallas Gilbert & Sullivan Company he conducted performances of The Yeomen of the Guard, Pirates of Penzance, The Gondeliers, and a gala performance Strauss’s Die Fledermaus.  He has been guest conductor for Chamber Symphony of the Metrocrest, Southwest Opera Company, assistant conductor for El Paso Opera, conductor/coach for Des Moines Metro Opera and Opera North. His diverse conducting repertoire includes Dominick Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte, and Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortileges.

Greg holds a BM degree from the University of North Texas and the MM degree from the Juilliard School of Music where he was the recipient of the William Petschek Scholarship.  He has been on faculty at University of North Texas, Texas Christian University, and Louisiana State University and was the 2009 honoree of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Charles MacKay Career Development Fund.

Timothy Cheung
Head Coach - Young Artist Program

Pianist Timothy Cheung  is a graduate of the Canadian Opera Company (COC) Ensemble Studio, where he served as music staff, intern coach, celesta player, and music director for school tour productions. He has worked as music staff at Houston Grand Opera and will return to the COC later this season.

Mr. Cheung was a two-time participant in the San Francisco Opera-affiliated Merola Opera program, where he was an apprentice coach and chorus master. He trained as a vocal pianist and répétiteur at Music Academy of the West, Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, Queen of Puddings Theatre Program and the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop.

Mr. Cheung holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and a master’s degree in collaborative piano from the University of Western Ontario. He was a coach and assistant conductor for the university’s opera program and a winner of the university’s concerto competition.

Scott Guzielek
Director of Artistic Operations

Scott Guzielek is responsible for all aspects of artistic planning including the oversight and direction of the Young Artist Program. For seven seasons he was Artistic Administrator of Washington National Opera working directly with General Director Plácido Domingo. He was selected by Opera America to be part of the Leadership Intensive 2012. He has frequently judged the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, along with the Stella Maris Competition, Opera Birmingham Opera Competition, Cooper-Bing Vocal Competition and as a judge for the National PTA Reflections Competition. He has presented masterclasses at The Plaza Theater, Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and the Miami Summer Music Festival. Originally from Johnstown, New York, he received a B.A. with honors in Vocal Performance from the State University of New York College at Geneseo in 2001 and a M.A. with distinction in Arts Management from American University in 2004. He was a baritone soloist at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church and was a singer, soloist, and board president of the Thomas Circle Singers in Washington, D.C.

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Joe Cremona
Director of Finance & Administration

Joe has been with Palm Beach Opera for 3 seasons as Director of Finance & Administration, overseeing all finance, human resources, administration, and IT functions for the opera. Joe is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. Joe’s knowledge and experience in finance and administration come from over 15 years working as a controller, manager, business analyst, and senior level accountant for several multi-million dollar corporations, including Compass Group, Fidelity National Title, and ClubCorp International.

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Ceci Dadisman
Director of Communications

Ceci has more than 10 years of arts marketing experience and specializes in the integration of digital marketing and technology into traditional marketing methodology. She has led Palm Beach Opera to the forefront of the digital and new technology realm proving that companies of all sizes and budgets can do great things in the world of digital marketing.

A frequent public speaker, Ceci regularly presents keynotes and workshops at local, regional, and national events.  Known for her easygoing and vernacular style, she creates open learning environments with an emphasis on information sharing and useful takeaways.

She is on the National Arts Marketing Project Advisory Committee, the Palm Beach County Cultural Council Marketing Committee, and is the OPERA America Marketing Network Chair. She is also the Chapter Leader of the West Palm Beach Chapter of Girl Develop It, a nonprofit that teaches women how to code.  She was recently appointed to the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts Visiting Committee.

Ceci was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and is a graduate of West Virginia University.

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Amanda Kahan
Communications Manager

As Palm Beach Opera’s Communications Manager, Amanda oversees various aspects of Palm Beach Opera’s marketing and public relations. Her responsibilities include handling social media and media relations, developing program books to be distributed throughout the opera season, and directing the activities of the opera’s young professionals group, PBO Young Friends. Prior to joining Palm Beach Opera, Amanda was a news producer at WPTV and WFLX in West Palm Beach. She graduated with honors from Florida Atlantic University with a double major in Multimedia Journalism and Art & Humanities.

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Kristina Klaas
Patron Engagement & Grants Manager

Kristina has been on the Palm Beach Opera staff for more than two years works closely with our patrons and oversees the management of all grants. She has over five years of nonprofit fundraising and grant writing experience. Kristina received a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University and, in 2012, received a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. Presently Kristina serves on the Advisory Board for the Junior League of the Palm Beaches and on the Membership Committee for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Palm Beach County Chapter.

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Dr. Jourdan Laine Howell
Education & Community Engagement Manager

Jourdan oversees existing education programs for learners of all ages and is responsible for the direction and development of future programs at Palm Beach Opera. Jourdan recently earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts from The University of North Carolina Greensboro (Dissertation: The Mini-Opera Concert: A Study of Short Works in the Opera Repertory and Their Viability in An Educational Forum). She is an advocate of new works and endeavors to highlight the achievements of living composers through her continued research. Prior to her position at PBO, Jourdan was an adjunct professor at West Texas A&M University School of Music and served as the Director of Education and Community Engagement for Amarillo Opera.

She has sung with San Antonio Opera, Amarillo Opera, Greensboro Opera, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and AIMS Festival Orchestra and has performed leading roles in The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, La serva padrona, and Suor Angelica among others and premiered the role of Florinda in Seymour Barab’s The God’s Of Mischief.

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Jennifer Isola
Audience Services Manager

Jennifer joined PBO in the beginning of fall in 2008 as our Box Office Systems Administrator and in 2014. Jennifer’s responsibilities include database management, ticketing management and reporting, customer service, and ticketing sales. Jennifer has over 15 years experience in providing excellent customer service and management . In 2000 Jennifer worked as a contractor for FPL (Florida Power & Light) as a mapping system software analyst for repairs and plant placement. This software is currently used in all FPL utility vehicles to locate and repair outages. Jennifer relocated in 2003 to Naples, Florida and worked in the real estate field as an executive assistant to two successful broker/owners of Florida Home Realty. Along with assisting the brokers, Jennifer managed an office of 10 employees and assisted over 80 realtors in getting started in their new real estate ventures from ordering business cards, inputting listings, to disbursing commission checks. Jennifer relocated back to West Palm Beach in the Summer of 2008.

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Christina Sheridan
Audience Services & Group Sales Associate

Christina joined our Box Office in the Spring of 2009 after starting as a volunteer at Palm Beach Opera. With more than 10 years of experience with customer service and hospitality, Christina dedicates her days to providing service to our subscribers, coordinating all group sales, and executing various administrative tasks. During the season, she even joins the mainstage casts on stage as a Supernumerary! As well as being a part of the Palm Beach Opera team, Christina has spent the past three summers working on staff at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. In her free time she enjoys Crossfit, theme parks, and spending time with her two spunky dachshunds.

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Kimberly Banta
Patron Engagement Assistant

In her role as the Patron Engagement Assistant, Kim provides administrative support to the entire Patron Engagement team, as well as coordinating Palm Beach Opera’s volunteer program.  Born and raised in South Florida, Kim attended the University of Miami where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Business and Entertainment Industries. She is an accomplished oboist, and has had a lifelong love of the arts. Kim joined Palm Beach Opera after spending several years working in the legal field, and considers her association with the Palm Beach Opera as a privilege to promote and support the arts in her community.

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Ann Baskind
Guild & Patron Relations Liaison

Ann Baskind has been with Palm Beach Opera for 15 years. After starting as a Box Office Associate and becoming Box Office Manager, she is currently the Patron Relations Liaison working with donors and doing special events. Ann is also the Palm Beach Opera Guild Liaison. Born in New York City, she is a graduate of the University of Connecticut. Ann is the one of founders and treasurer of Ru4me Pet Rescue, a no-kill animal rescue group in Boynton Beach.

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