Our People

Executive Team & Leadership Members

Drew Mittelman: Executive Director

Drew has been involved with the BOC for 5 years, first as an audience member and donor, and more recently as a member of the Board of Directors. He has recently retired from  47 years of practicing dentistry, predominantly in Dedham, MA. Over 37 of those years were spent with Dedham Medical Associates, a 100 physician/dentist group practice where he was chairman of the Board and on the finance committee for 25 years. The last 7 years were spent as a founding partner of Dedham Dental Associates. He is excited to assume this new role with the company. His focus will be to help continue the upward arc of this marvelous and talented group  and support the artists and other members of the executive team in any way he can.

Patricia-Maria Weinmann: Artistic Director

Patricia-Maria Weinmann has worked with many national opera companies and festivals including Utah Opera, Opera on the James, Syracuse Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Seagle Music Colony, Boston Lyric Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Boston, Ashlawn Opera Festival, the American Opera Project, Opera Providence, and Mississippi Grand Opera.  She has collaborated on a number of premier performances including Daniel Pinkham’s The Cask of Amontillado, the staged orchestral premier of Scott Wheeler’s The Construction of Boston and Wheeler’s Democracy as a work-in-progress for the American Opera Project in New York.  Recent directing engagements have included Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night, Hansel and Gretel, Cosi fan tutte, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Cole!, Cenerentola, Carmina Burana, L’elisir d’amore, Sweeney Todd, Don Pasquale and Faust and Marguerite (BOC). Over the past 20 years, Weinmann served on the faculties of both Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory of Music.  As a guest director and coach for Utah Opera’s Young Artist Program and a faculty member of American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, she continues to train some of the most promising young singers in the United States and abroad. 

Greg Smucker: Artistic Director

Greg Smucker is a director and teacher of theater and opera. He studied with the late Wesley Balk, a noted pioneer in the field of singer-actor training. Greg was co-founder and artistic director of 15 HEAD, a critically acclaimed experimental theater company in Minneapolis and served as managing director of Theatre for Young America in Kansas City, a professional theater for children. Greg served for seven years on the faculty of the Opera Studies Department at New England Conservatory of Music and is currently a faculty member of the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.  As a freelance director, Greg has directed productions and workshops for theaters and opera companies in Boston and the Twin Cities.

Tianhui Ng: Resident Music Director & Conductor

Tianhui Ng is Music Director of the Pioneer Valley Symphony, the Victory Players, a contemporary music ensemble supported by the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, and resident conductor of the Boston New Music Initiative. An advocate of new music, he has assisted in and premiered new works by Pulitzer and Rome Prize winners Curt Cacioppo, Aaron Jay Kernis, David Sanford, and Joan Tower among many others. Since his first opera, Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress at age 20, he has conducted many new works including unusual firsts like the first Nigerian opera in Yoruba, Irin Ajo in 2018. His passion for inter-disciplinary and intercultural music making has led to a rich array of work for ballet, film, theatre, installation art, modern dance, animation, sculpture and even sand painting, in a career that spans Europe, Asia and North America. In 2020, he looks forward to the culmination of a three-year commissioning project, El Puerto Rico, celebrating the musical heritage of Puerto Rico, a collaboration with White Snake Projects on Elena Ruehr's Cosmic Cowboy, and the restoration of Thomas de Hartmann's Piano Concerto.  

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Board of Directors

PRESIDENT
Drew Mittelman

VICE PRESIDENT
Jack Silversin
 
CLERK
Ann Welch

TREASURER

Dan Kaplan

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Erik Johnson 

ADVISORY BOARD

Katie DeBonville
Jake Heggie
Renée Hites
Brook Larimer
Natalie Polito
Dennis Sullivan
Patty Thom
Peter Wender
Graham Wright

MEMBERS

Chelsea Beatty

Jennifer Caraluzzi

Josh Daniels
Dan Kaplan

Wendy Quiñones

Jonathan Saxton

Sasha Sherman

Margaret Suby