The Tragedy of Carmen performed at BW in 2016

Scott Skiba has been named Executive Artistic Director of the Cleveland troupe.

New BW Director of Opera Studies to Lead Cleveland Opera Theatre

June 7, 2016

Scott SkibaBaldwin Wallace University’s newly named Director of Opera Studies, Scott Skiba, has also been appointed to the top leadership role at Cleveland Opera Theatre. The troupe’s board named Skiba Executive-Artistic Director, with responsibility for heading up an “experienced team [that] represents Cleveland’s next generation of opera leadership.”

Skiba takes over for departing Executive Director, Andrea Anelli,who founded what was then known as Opera Per Tutti in 2006. The vision for Cleveland Opera Theatre is “to build a professional, sustainable opera company for generations to come.” The troupe’s mainstage repertoire for the 2016-17 season will include Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in the fall of 2016 and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in the spring of 2017.

Active Artistic Professionals Support BW Students

Skiba joins a BW Conservatory of Music faculty that includes a host of visible and active professionals in the performing arts community, including such celebrated organizations as The Cleveland Orchestra, Playhouse Square, Great Lakes Theatre and beyond.  

“One of the hallmarks of the BW Conservatory is that many of our faculty members maintain rich professional careers and relationships,” said Conservatory Dean Susan Van Vorst. “For our students, that powerful professional connection translates into relevance, opportunity, and experience.”

Developing the “Whole-Body Instrument”

The Tragedy of Carmen performed at BW in 2016Skiba has led more than 60 new operatic productions, earning critical acclaim for his imaginative stage direction and dynamic physical approach to storytelling. Each year, BW student casts perform demanding repertoire, including “The Tragedy of Carmen” (pictured) in 2016.

As a singing actor educator, Skiba has led Master Classes throughout the U.S. and Europe. A classically trained dancer, actor, singer, and competitive martial artist and athlete, Skiba works “to enable singing actors to develop their whole-body instrument and to communicate through dynamic physical and vocal action on stage.”