“There came a moment in my career as a globe-trotting director when I experienced an overwhelming feeling that I wanted to give back to the industry and to the arts in America. This came at the moment I was invited to lead the Glimmerglass Opera (and later renamed Festival) and I seized the challenge. For the last 12 years I am honored to have led WNO and GGF. I have overseen more than 100 productions and helped to build the next generations of artists and administrators.”

– Francesca Zambello

The Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center

Artistic Director

2012-present with contract through 2027

Artistic Consultant

2010-2012

The Glimmerglass Festival

Artistic & General Director

2011-2023

The San Francisco Opera

Artistic Consultant

2005-2010

Skylight Opera Theater – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Co-Artistic Director

1987-1992

Opera Colorado

Associate Founder

1981-1984

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