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

    Andrew Bisantz now serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of Eugene Opera, beginning with the 2017-18 Season, after serving as Music Director and Principal Conductor for several years. In his expanded role, he has principal responsibility for selecting repertoire, planning seasons, casting productions, and supervising all related artistic activities of Eugene Opera. 

    Maestro Bisantz 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, Little Women, and the gala Opera Trio (Aida Act 1, Dialogues des Carmélites Act 3, Die Fledermaus Act 2).

    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.

  • 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.