Staff

Mark Beudert, General Director

Andrew Bisantz, Music Director

Amy Adams, Director of Education and Community Engagement

Scott King, Production Manager and Orchestra Manager

Christina Lay, Office Manager

  • Mark Beudert, General Director

    General Director Mark Beudert began his performing career while an undergraduate at Columbia University, appearing as Frederic in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s historic production of The Pirates of Penzance opposite Kevin Kline. After private study with Franco Corelli, he won the Pavarotti Concorso Internazionale in 1986, and has since won acclaim as a leading tenor in such disparate roles as Lt. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (opposite Jane Eaglen), “Candide” in the Scottish Opera’s production directed by Jonathan Miller, which won a number of Olivier Awards at London’s Old Vic Theater including Best Musical Production, and Sam Kaplan in the United Kingdom, Portuguese, and Italian premieres of Weill’s Street Scene. He continues his performing career to this day, appearing in standard and contemporary opera, oratorio, and in concert worldwide under such conductors as John Mauceri, Helmut Rilling, and Neeme Järvi.

    In 1996, he received his A. Mus Doc. degree at the University of Michigan under the direction of the distinguished tenor George Shirley. He has taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City, the University of Michigan, the University of Oregon, and served as Artist-in-Residence at Oregon State University. In 2002, he became Director of the Bel Canto Northwest Vocal Institute in Portland, Oregon, where he worked with an international faculty and student body in innovative educational productions of works from standard repertoire, the Baroque era, and more adventurous works. In 2007, Bel Canto’s production of Weill’s Down in the Valley and Hindemith’s Hin und Zurück appeared at the Kurt Weill-Festival in Dessau, Germany. He is currently Professor of Opera at the University of Notre Dame, where his successful productions include Orphée aux enfers, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a reconstruction of Gounod’s original version of Faust, Béatrice et Bénédict, and Les Contes d’Hoffman.

    Beudert joined Eugene Opera in 2006 as Artistic Advisor, directing our production of The Pirates of Penzance (the most successful production in the company’’s history) and a new 2007 production of Die Zauberflöte, also singing the role of Tamino from the pit when a colleague fell ill. He was named Artistic Director in 2007 and General Director in 2008. He directed a new production of Offenbach’’s Orphée aux enfers in 2008, Il Trovatore in 2009, and a new production of Faust in 2010. He returned to the stage in 2012, singing Chairman Mao in Nixon in China and Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking in 2013. He directed the initial operas of the expanded 2015-16 season, The Turn of the Screw and Little Women, and Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict in the 2016-17 season.

    Dr. Beudert lives with his wife, Jennifer, Director of Notre Dame’’s Robinson Community Learning Center, in Indiana, Oregon, and New York. They have three Oregon-raised children, Katie (a working actress in London), Sarah (an arts administrator, based in South Bend), and Nicholas (an artist’s representative in New York City).

  • Andrew Bisantz, Music Director

    Mr. Bisantz currently is leading his ninth season as Music Director of Eugene Opera, where he has served as principal conductor since the fall of 2008. He has conducted Eugene Opera’s productions of Orphée aux Enfers, Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Faust, La bohème, The Mikado, Carmen, Nixon in China, Pirates of Penzance, Dead Man Walking, La fanciulla del West, La traviata, L’elisir d’amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, Eugene Onegin, and Little Women. This season he will conduct our gala Opera Trio (Aida Act 1, Dialogues des Carmélites Act 3, Die Fledermaus Act 2), West Side Story, and La tragédie de Carmen.

    For his début with Boston Lyric Opera leading The Turn of the Screw, the Boston Globe selected it as one of the ten top Boston classical music events of 2010, and The Boston Musical Intelligencer noted that “Conductor Andrew Bisantz led the small group of instrumentalists with skill and an impeccable ear for balance…in those instances when the players were the focal point, especially the interludes that fall between each scene, the musicianship was effective and inspired.” He subsequently returned for acclaimed productions of Tosca and Madama Butterfly.

    In 2014-15, Maestro Bisantz conducted L’elisir d’amore for Eugene Opera, La traviata for Virginia Opera, Rigoletto for Tri-Cities Opera (both company débuts), and Menotti’s The Consul at Florida Grand Opera.  In addition, he conducted and served as conductor for the world première of Jan Jirásek’s musical dramatic work R.U.R. aneb Roboti podle Čapka (Robots According to Čapka) with the Státní opera Praha in Prague.

    Notable engagements from the past few seasons included returns to Florida Grand Opera for Rigoletto and Die ZauberflöteA Midsummer Night’s Dream and Turn of the Screw at McGill University; and his début with Wolf Trap Opera conducting Don Giovanni.  He also conducted Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra under the famed Hatch Shell; and was soloist and conductor for sold-out performances of Rhapsody in Blue with Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Bisantz has also appeared with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, and the Virginia Symphony.

    He made his European début conducting symphonic concerts with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto in Porto, Portugal, and March 2010, conducted a concert of Bomtempo’s Requiem with the OSP and the Coro Casa da Música, which was broadcast live. He also twice appeared at the Brevard Music Center, conducting L’elisir d’amore and La bohème for the Janiec Opera Company.

    Mr. Bisantz previously served as Associate Conductor of Florida Grand Opera. He made his FGO main stage début in the 2005-06 season, conducting Carmen for the company’s historic final performances at Miami-Dade County Auditorium. With FGO, he also conducted Suor Angelica, Pagliacci, La Cenerentola, La bohème, Don Giovanni, and Manon Lescaut. He was named the Henry C. Clark Conductor of FGO’s 2006-07 Season.

    Additional positions held include Assistant Conductor at Glimmerglass Opera, where he conducted Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience and Massenet’s Le portrait de Manon (broadcast on NPR’s World of Opera); Apprentice Conductor and Associate Producer of the Buffalo Philharmonic National Public Radio broadcasts; Music Director of the Florida International University Opera Theatre; and faculty member of VOICExperience and the Savannah Voice Festival, a summer voice program created by legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes and soprano Maria Zouves.

  • 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.