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Maestro Wiley and director Linda Lehr at a rehearsal of The Tales of Hoffmann, 2011; photo by George Schowerer

Who We Are

Regina Opera’s mission is twofold:

Founded in 1970 by Marie Cantoni and Nicholas Tierno, Regina Opera began as a small group of dedicated singers who gave opera recitals, with piano accompaniment, in a tiny auditorium at the Regina Pacis-St. Rosalia Parish Youth Center in Borough Park/Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. The following year, we produced an abridged staged version of La Traviata with piano accompaniment. In 1976, we began performing on the larger stage at Regina Hall (the auditorium of Regina Pacis School), and we acquired an orchestra in 1982. In 2008, a grant enabled us to begin providing supertitles. And in 2012, we moved to a wonderful new home, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School auditorium, whose more professional stage facilities and comfortable audience amenities inaugurated a great new era in Regina Opera’s history.

Regina Opera Company, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation organized under the New York State Not-for-Profit Corporation Law. It is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and all donations made to Regina Opera are tax-deductible for the donor.

Board of Directors

Francine Garber-Cohen - Chair
Linda Cantoni
Joseph Delfausse
Alex Guzman
Elena Jannicelli-Sandella

Corporate Staff

President - Francine Garber-Cohen
Executive Vice President/Secretary/Legal Advisor - Linda Cantoni
Treasurer - Joseph Delfausse
Vice President - Alex Guzman
Vice President - Elena Jannicelli-Sandella

Artistic and Other Staff

Producer - Francine Garber-Cohen
Principal Conductor - Gregory Ortega
Principal Stage Director - Linda Lehr
Associate Conductor - José Alejandro Guzmán
Associate Stage Director - Linda Cantoni
Vocal Consultant - Phyllis Falletta Olsen
Box Office & Volunteer Coordinator - Joseph Delfausse
Guild Coordinator - Julia Cornely
Costumes - Marcia Kresge
Graphics, Video - Wayne Olsen
Publicity, Fundraising - Francine Garber-Cohen
Supertitles, Program, Website - Linda Cantoni
Facebook - Elena Jannicelli-Sandella

Casting Committee

Phyllis Falletta Olsen
Francine Garber-Cohen
Alex Guzman
Elena Jannicelli-Sandella
Linda Lehr
Gregory Ortega