Who’s Who


Evgeny Kissin


 Janet Lea, President and Artistic Administrator
Arts Manager; former Director of Cultural Programs for British Columbia, CBC; former Area Head for Music, CBC Toronto

Douglas Berg, Vice-President
IT and design advisor; Technology manager, BC Hydro, Vancouver.

Helen Song, Secretary
B.L.Arch, UBC. Small business owner/operator. Former Project Manager, Pantages Theatre Restoration Initiative. Former Project Manager, Jung Ventures, Infinity at Central City. Former Project Coordinator, Koret Lofts.

Shamsh Kassam, CA, Treasurer
Chartered Accountant. Former Vice-President and CFO at Western International Communications, and currently Chief Financial Officer and Vice President at Stern Partners.

Jon Festinger, QC, Director
Attorney, intellectual property specialist. Managing partner, Jon Festinger Law Strategy LLP. Former Senior Vice President, CTV. Former Executive Vice President, Vancouver Canucks and GM Place.

Jaap Nico Hamburger, Director
Cardiologist, Vancouver General Hospital; composer; soloist degree in piano, Royal Conservatorium of Music, Amsterdam; President and CEO, Orange Music Inc., a Vancouver music production company.

Juliana Mah, Director
Lawyer at Michael, Evrensel & Pawar LLP specializing in corporate and commercial law transactions, with a focus on entertainment and media law. 


The Board of City Opera Vancouver meets monthly in the board room of the Canadian Music Centre.



Sir Charles Mackerras, CH, AC, CBE (deceased)
Music Advisor, 2006-2010

Stephen R. Burri
Legal Advisor

Jayson McLean
Production Manager

Bob Baker
Canadian Music Advisor

Colin Miles
Canadian Music Advisor

Diane Tucker
Privacy Officer


Dr Charles Barber, BMus (UVic). MA, DMA (Stanford)
Conductor and Artistic Director

David Boothroyd, BA (Mount Allison Univ). MA (Univ of Western Ontario)
Company pianist

Radhika Yeddanapudi, BA Hons (Univ of Delhi). MS (Virginia Tech). Dipl Planning and Negotiation (SFU)
Chair, City Opera Fundraising Committee

Tom Durrie, BA (UC Santa Barbara). MA (Prescott). MMus (UBC)
Director of Development

Adam Abrams
Designer and Webmaster

Caroline Wiese, MA (UBC)
Auditions Manager