Board of Advisors

Claudia Catania

Claudia Catania teaches voice at the Westminster Choir College, the Mannes School of Music, and in the summer for Wichita State University in Lucca, Italy. At home in both classical music and music theater, she sang over 200 performances at The Metropolitan Opera, and played the role of Marie in the 1992 Tony nominated revival of The Most Happy Fella on Broadway. A true renaissance woman, Ms. Catania, in addition to her musical accomplishments, is a licensed psychoanalyst in New York State, and is a consultant to fortune 500 companies, including Goldman, Sachs &Co.

Rhoda Levine

Rhoda Levine has directed on and off Broadway and London’s West End. She has also worked for CBS and WNET and has staged operas for the Netherlands, Belgian, Scottish, San Francisco, etc. opera companies. She staged the world premiere of Victor Ullman’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis, and, in 1996, the South African premiere of Porgy and Bess. Productions at New York City Opera include Little Women, Mathis der Maler, X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X, From the House of the Dead, Of Mice and Men, Lizzie Borden (televised by NET Opera), and Die Soldaten. She is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes College of Music, and was also on the faculty of Yale Drama School, the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute. She is the director of Play It By Ear, the improvisational opera group. Along with Philip Glass and George Abbott, she was the recipient of the National Institute of Music Theatre Award for her contribution to the American musical theatre. Rhoda Levine is the author of seven children’s books, two of which were illustrated by Edward Gorey and have recently been republished by the New York Review of Books.

Robynne Redmon

Robynne Redmon has earned international acclaim for her artistry as singer and actress through leading roles with major opera companies of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Queensland, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Municipal-Santiago, the Bavarian State Opera, Berlin State Opera, and New York City Opera, to name just a few.  She is a Hampton Roads native where she maintains an active voice studio and continues her singing career.

Dr. Arlene Shrut

Arlene Shrut is the Founder and Artistic Director of New Triad for Collaborative Arts. A faculty member of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, Arlene is an admired keyboard performer hailed as a “strong and sensitive pianist” by the New York Times. She was honored in 2003 as the inaugural “Coach of the Year” in Classical Singer Magazine. Dr. Shrut formerly served on the faculties of Syracuse University and Mannes College of Music and was a vocal coach at the Aspen Opera Theater Center for fourteen summers, where she taught classes on Mozart and German operas. Currently teaching summers at Operafest on Martha’s Vineyard and the Atlantic Music Festival Opera Institute, additionally, Arlene was a guest faculty member at the Vancouver International Song Institute and Songfest in Malibu during the summer of 2010. She regularly serves as staff pianist for international opera competitions sponsored by The Loren Zachary Society, The Gerda Lissner Foundation, The Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation and the Giulio Gari Foundation.

Dr. Glenn Winters

Dr. Winters received his Doctor of Music from Northwestern University and his B.M. and M.M. in piano performance from Indiana University. As an operatic baritone, Dr. Winters has sung over a dozen principal roles, including guest appearances with the Operafestival di Roma in Rome, Italy, where he has also served as Chorus Master and Stage Director. A published composer of many instrumental and vocal works, he has composed two operas for children on commission for Virginia Opera’s Education Department. One of these, Tales From the Brothers Grimm, was revived for the Fall, 2010 touring season. He joined Virginia Opera’s Education and Audience Development department in 2004 as Community Outreach Musical Director.  Dr.Winters presents a 45 minute pre-opera discussion before every Virginia Opera mainstage performance.

Charles Woodward

Mr. Woodward is known in the Hampton Roads community as both an outstanding pianist and choral conductor. He is a frequent collaborator in both vocal and instrumental chamber concerts, having performed with the Virginia Arts Festival, Virginia Chamber Players, Virginia Symphony, I. Sherman Greene Chorale, Arts Song of Williamsburg, and Norfolk Chamber Consort; at The Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.), Jordan Hall (Boston), and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and in Germany and Italy. In April 2011, he served as Principal Coach for the premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Rappahannock County, a music theater work co-commissioned by the Virginia Opera and Virginia Arts Festival. Mr. Woodward’s performances have been heard on American Public Media’s Performance Today.  A graduate of Northwestern University, Charles Woodward has served on the adjunct music faculties of The College of William and Mary, Old Dominion University, and Christopher Newport University.