Staff

Andrew Bisantz, Artistic Director and Conductor

Erika Rauer, Executive Director

Scott King, Production Manager and Orchestra Manager

Christina Lay, Office Manager

Sandy Naishtat, Bookkeeper

  • Andrew Bisantz, Artistic Director and Conductor

    Recently celebrating his 50th operatic production as conductor, Andrew Bisantz has received rave reviews from Opera News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe; three of his recent productions have been counted among the top 10 musical events of the season in their respective cities.

    Mr. Bisantz is the newly named Artistic Director and Conductor of Eugene Opera, this season conducting Il barbiere di Siviglia and María de Buenos Aires; he has been principal conductor and Music Director of EO for 9 seasons. Past productions for Eugene include Little Women, Eugene Onegin, Lucia di Lammermoor, L’elisir d’amore, La fanciulla del West, La traviata, Dead Man Walking, The Pirates of Penzance, Nixon in China, Carmen, The Mikado, La bohème, Le nozze di Figaro, Faust, Don Giovanni, and Orphée aux enfers. In his expanded role, he has principal responsibility for selecting repertoire, planning seasons, casting productions, and supervising all related artistic activities of Eugene Opera.

    This season, Mr. Bisantz conducts La Fanciulla del West for Virginia Opera, returning after having conducted 2015’s La traviata. The Virginia Pilot wrote that, in his VO debut, his conducting “…elicits an exquisite performance from his musicians with meticulous attacks, bravura playing and breathtaking dynamics.”

    Mr. Bisantz returned last fall to Boston Lyric Opera, conducting a critically-acclaimed production of Mark Anthony Turnage’s GREEK; in previous seasons, he has led BLO in Madama Butterfly, Turn of the Screw, and Tosca. Mr. Bisantz has conducted both Carmen and Don Giovanni for the Savannah Voice Festival, as well as appearing jointly in concert with SVF and the Savannah Music Festival. This summer also saw his debut with the renowned CU NOW Festival at University of Colorado Boulder, conducting the premier of the revised version of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, as well as making his debut at the Seagle Music Colony to lead the world premier of Herschel Garfein’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. He recently has had debuts with Opera Saratoga (Le nozze di Figaro), Opera Omaha (La fanciulla del West), Opera San Jose (Le nozze di Figaro), and Tri-Cities Opera (Rigoletto); he has also led Wolf Trap Opera, the Brevard Music Center’s Janiec Opera Company, McGill University, and Shreveport Opera.

    Mr. Bisantz has had a decade-long association with Florida Grand Opera in Miami; he made his main-stage debut there in 2006 conducting performances of Carmen, and has subsequently led FGO in Manon Lescaut, La bohème, La cenerentola, Pagliacci and Suor Angelica, Don Giovanni,Rigoletto, and Die Zauberflöte. His recent production of Menotti’s The Consul with FGO was named the number one classical music event of 2015 in South Florida. He was FGO’s 2007 Henry C. Clark Conductor.

    For Glimmerglass Opera, Mr. Bisantz began his tenure in 2001 as an assistant conductor, and made his main-stage debut there in 2004, conducting Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, and in 2005 conducted Massenet’s Le portrait de Manon, which was then broadcast on NPR’s World of Opera. Orchestrally, he has appeared with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto in Portugal, the Virginia Symphony, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and was Apprentice Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic for two seasons.

    Upcoming engagements include returning to the Buffalo Philharmonic in January 2017 for a program featuring Mozart and DaPonte’s legendary operatic collaboration, as well as making his Opera Tampa debut in April conducting Verdi’s Macbeth and returning to Opera Saratoga to lead a new production of The Consul next summer. His recent recording of composer Fredrick Kaufman’s Stars and Distances and The Seven Sisters is available on Navona Records on CD, as well as through iTunes and Spotify.

  • Erika Rauer

    Erika Rauer, Executive Director

    Erika Rauer joins Eugene Opera this fall as the company’s full-time Executive Director, bringing a diverse portfolio of experience as an administrator, producer and educator.  She comes to Eugene from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro (CPVA) where she served as the inaugural director of the Community Arts Collaborative (CAC).  In this capacity, she initiated a range of successful programs designed to amplify the community-engaged work of the college. In addition, she forged arts alliances between the college and community partners while growing the CAC budget through successful development strategies. Prior to her work at the CVPA, Ms. Rauer served as Director of Education at New York City Opera.  During her eight-year tenure with the company, Ms. Rauer designed opera curricula, developed program offerings for children and adults, and championed rare works with successful productions including Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland and Scot Joplin’s Treemonisha.  At the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, Ms. Rauer served as Manager of Elementary School Programs. There she focused on music curriculum development for students and teachers in addition to producing children’s programming.  A passionate advocate for access and equity in arts education, Ms. Rauer has collaborated with teachers and students in the Bronx and Queens through work with the Dreamyard Project, Highbridge Voices and the Children’s Aid Society.

    Before embarking on a career in arts management, Ms. Rauer was an active solo performer, making her European debut in the title role of Salome at Oper Bremen in Bremen, Germany. In the United States, she appeared with Opera Boston, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and other noteworthy companies and orchestras. As an emerging artist she received training at Glimmerglass Opera, the Tanglewood Music Festival and Ravinia’s Steans Institute. A native of Dover, Delaware, Ms. Rauer holds degrees from Swarthmore College and Yale University.

  • Scott King

    Scott King, Production Manager

    Scott King joined the Eugene Opera as 2nd Horn in 2003. He became Music Librarian in 2008, Orchestra Manager in 2009 and Production Manager in 2015. An avid Hornist, Scott has appeared as a soloist with numerous ensembles, most recently the Newport Symphony where he also serves as Principal Horn. In addition to his private horn studio, Scott is also a performance coach, helping performers and presenters address performance anxiety issues. Dr. King holds degrees from New England Conservatory, Ohio University and the University of Oregon.