hails from Louisa to serve as new general manager of the Charlottesville Opera House | Arts & Theater


A mezzo-soprano from Louisa has been chosen to be the new executive director of the Charlottesville Opera. Gail Kitch, chairman of the Charlottesville Opera Board of Directors, announced Monday that Clement’s appointment is effective Jan. 1.

Leanne Pettit Clement conducted the Louisiana Opera House in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a decade. During his tenure, the budget increased from $ 100,000 to $ 500,000, educational initiatives allowed more than 3,000 students to experience opera for free each year, and the company’s endowment increased.

Clément began his career specializing in the dramatic roles of mezzo-soprano in the works of Verdi and Wagner. She began pursuing her interest in opera production while still a doctoral student at Louisiana State University, where she co-founded the LSU Opera Outreach Program. His initiative brought opera to schools in Baton Rouge which had few music programs.

Clement was introduced to opera through a traveling educational program that came to Louisa, which she said in a press release was a life-changing experience she wants to share with other children.

Charlottesville Opera will return to the Paramount Theater for a summer season that will feature productions of “The Sound of Music” on July 7, 8, 9 and 10 and “The Merry Widow” on July 22 and 24. For more details, visit CharlottesvilleOpera .org.


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