Profile Christina Scheppelmann

As a girl, she used to sing with the "Alsterspatzen," the children's chorus of the Hamburg Opera. As she grew up, Christina Scheppelmann became so fond of the opera that, after having finished a banking apprenticeship, she chose to make a living in the field of opera. However, she did not become a singer. Rather, she started out working in an artists' agency in Milan before landing jobs at opera houses in Venice, Barcelona, and San Francisco. After having served in various managerial positions at San Francisco Opera, she had her big breakthrough: In 2002, Placido Domingo hired her as Director of Artistic Operations at the Washington National Opera. After a 10-year tenure, during which she made important artistic decisions, she is now up for the next challenge: Moving to the Middle East, she is becoming the CEO at the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman, which was established not too long ago. Georg Hirsch spoke with the well-traveled opera manager about opera business in Germany, the United States, and Oman.

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