Evans Haile has more than twenty-five years of experience as a producer and artistic director. His career includes 15 years helming the Cape Playhouse (America’s oldest professional summer theater) and reopening and creating the new infrastructure of the North Shore Music Theater. In New York, Evans has produced at Lincoln Center, the historic Town Hall, and off-Broadway. He was producer and host of NPR’s “Toast of the Town…A Song for…” series and is the leader of the Gainesville (Florida) orchestra, among many other artistic endeavors. His international career includes conducting major orchestras in Russia (Moscow Philharmonic), Western Europe, and Australia. He has worked with major orchestras and opera companies in the US including the Boston Pops, the Florida Grand Opera, the Seattle Opera, the Sarasota orchestra, and the Milwaukee Symphony. In 2014, he was Master Artist in Residence at Santa Fe College in Florida. Evans received his Bachelors and Masters Degree in Music from the Julliard School in New York.
Louis G. Burkot studied conducting at the Yale School of Music, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Houston Grand Opera, and served as Music Director of Opera New England. He was appointed Artistic Director of Opera North in 1987, and has conducted more than 35 productions for the company. He is also the Director of the Dartmouth College Glee Club and Senior Lecturer in the Dartmouth College Department of Music. In addition, he gives master classes in Vocal Repertoire to music schools and conservatories throughout the United States. He is the recipient of the Dartmouth’s Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2000. Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe has praised his conducting as “first-rate, capable and stylish,” and Opera News magazine notes his conducting “sparkles with verve and sensitivity to the needs of singers.”
Lisa Morrison joined Opera North in November 2015. For over 10 years, Lisa operated her own marketing consulting business. In addition to consulting primarily with small businesses and non-profit organizations, Lisa also worked for several national sport organizations, including US Eventing Association and Equine Canada, in both a marketing and program management capacity. Previously, she worked as Marketing Manager for 10 years at three of Canada’s largest software companies. Lisa has a BA in Marketing from Stephens College (Columbia, MO) and an MBA from the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON). In her spare time, Lisa enjoys the outdoors as a skier, hiker and snowshoer, and has recently returned to competitive riding, in the sport of eventing, with a young horse.
Craig Mowery has worked with Opera North for six seasons and is a native Vermonter. Between opera seasons, Craig works as a production technician at theaters around the region, including Dartmouth, Middlebury College, and the Flynn Theater. He is an IATSE board member and is currently the US Production Manager for the National Tour of Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story.
Ashley Barrow received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a minor in Dance from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. She has worked for such companies as the Springer Opera House, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, North Carolina Theatre, and the South Carolina Children’s Theatre. She is also the Production Manager for City Center Ballet Center and directs for the Hanover High School's Footlighters. This is her fifth season with Opera North where she began as Props Master and works now as Production Manager.
Rachel Darrow brings to Opera North with a wealth of financial experience. She worked for over eight years with the Greensboro Jewish Federation in Greensboro, NC, most recently serving as Director of Finance and Human Resources before relocating to New Hampshire and joining the staff of Opera North. She graduated with a BA in English, Summa Cum Laude, from University of Maryland University College and an MA in Liberal Arts from St. John's College. Rachel is also a volunteer with Granite United Way.
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