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June 26, 2012

Christina Scheppelmann to Oman, after artistic operations post at Washington National Opera

UPDATE 6/26: Word is that Christina Scheppelmann will become CEO of the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman.

Christina Scheppelmann, the highly skilled, broadly knowledgeable and genial director of artistic operations for Washington National Opera, will depart Nov. 30 after a decade on the job.

Scheppelmann, hired by former WNO general director Placido Domingo, has been involved in putting together repertoire and casts, launching new projects (such as the American Opera Initiative), overseeing management of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, etc. According to the company's announcement Thursday, Scheppelmann will disclose "her forthcoming plans at a later date."

She is quoted as saying: “I owe thanks to ...

Plácido Domingo, to WNO’s great board, and to [Kennedy Center president] Michael Kaiser for all of their support. This company has a phenomenal staff and first-rate orchestra and chorus. It was for me such a great experience working with all of them ... After 10 years I will definitely miss WNO and D.C., but I am also very excited for the future.”

The press release included glowing words from company officials. Kaiser said that Scheppelmann's "hard work and diligence were key to making WNO’s recent affiliation with the Kennedy Center a success.”

WNO executive director Michael Mael noted that "she has brought many wonderful singers to Washington for the first time. We will continue to reap the rewards of her artistic leadership for seasons to come."

Before joining the D.C. company, the German-born Scheppelmann worked for San Francisco Opera, La Fenice in Venice and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Her credits also include serving on major vocal competition juries and appearing on the popular Metropolitan Opera Quiz.

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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