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 and Chair, Development Committee
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

Nicola Brailsford, Director
Businesswoman, manager of real estate assets, philanthropist, and Chief Executive Officer of the Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation

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

Jennifer Yong, Director
Legal Counsel at Miller Titerle


City Opera Vancouver is a member of the Community Arts Council of Vancouver, a Community Partner of the Canadian Music Centre, and operates under the jurisdiction of Actors' Equity and the Canadian Federation of Musicians. The Board of City Opera Vancouver meets monthly, except August, in the board room of the Canadian Music Centre.


Diane Tucker, JD, CIPP/C
Privacy Officer



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

Diane E Tucker, JD
Acting General Manager

NB: At our tenth AGM on 12 September, Cathleen Gingrich announced she was stepping down as our first GM, effective 15 November. She was thanked by our Board for her service, and on 14 November Diane Tucker was appointed Acting GM. Diane sends this note:

"I’m excited to work with City Opera Vancouver as its Acting General Manager! I was earlier a member of COV’s Board of Directors, and support its work and vision.
"During the course of my career I’ve managed departments in entertainment companies, arbitrated commercial disputes, taught post-graduate school and supported arts organizations as a Board member. Some of the entities with which I have worked include Dole Packaged Foods, Sega of America, Sony Computer Entertainment America (PlayStation), San Francisco Law School and University of British Columbia.
"Currently, I own DET et al., a business that offers arbitration and privacy consulting services to Canadian and US clients. I’m a member of the Board of Directors at ADRBC, a professional organization comprised of 300 arbitrators and mediators throughout the province, and Vice-President of the Board of Directors at Place des Arts, an arts educational facility in Coquitlam, BC. I continue to be an active member of the State Bar of California. I also hold credentials as a Qualified Arbitrator in Canada, and as a Certified Information Privacy Professional in both Canada and US. I look forward to using my skills, knowledge and experience to support City Opera Vancouver!" Welcome aboard, Diane.

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

Roger Parton
Rehearsal pianist and associate coach

Adam Abrams
Designer and Webmaster

Caroline Wiese, MA (UBC)
Auditions Manager