President and CEO of OPERA America, a position he has held since 1990. During his tenure, Opera America has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals.
Under his leadership, Opera America has administered two landmark funding initiatives in support of the development of North American operas and opera audiences and launched a $20 million endowment effort to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new works and audience development activities.
Opera America’s relocation from Washington D.C. to New York City in December 2005 has increased communication and collaboration with and among members both locally and nationally.
A strong advocate of collaboration, Mr. Scorca has led several cross-disciplinary projects, including the Performing Arts Research Coalition, National Music Coalition and the National Performing Arts Convention in 2004 and 2008.
He is currently a member of the US delegation to UNESCO, and serves as an officer of the Board of the America Arts Alliance.
Mr. Scorca attended Amherst College where he graduated with high honors in both history and music. During this time, he held an internship at the Metropolitan Opera. Followed by positions at Opera Philadelphia and New York City as well as Chicago Opera Theater prior to joining Opera America.
We were pleased to welcome Mr. Scorca, joining us virtually on November 18, 2020, from his Covid safe haven in Vermont, to present a lecture entitled, “Opera’s Neglected Dimension: the Visual.” It detailed not only the auditory import of opera but also a history of its sets and sights. The visual components! Need we say more:)?