Opera Columbus Names New Director & CEO


Opera Columbus has announced its new general director and CEO.

Julia Noulin-Mérat replaces Peggy Kriha Dye, who left the position in October.

Noulin-Mérat’s career spans that of producer, designer, and arts administrator for the Boston Lyric Opera and Guerilla Opera, also in Boston. Internationally, she also served as production designer and producer for More Than Musical, Broadway Asia, and China Broadway.

“The entire Opera Columbus board could not have been more impressed by Julia’s wealth of artistic and management experience,” said Bill Miller, Opera Columbus board president. “Along with her expertise in the area of audience experience, we are confident that she will help further Opera Columbus’ mission, ‘Make It Yours,’ to engage our subscribers and bring new patrons to our productions.”

Opera Columbus’ contemporary approach to the genre, including developing new talent and using the art form to address issues such as inequality and race matters, appealed to Noulin-Mérat.

“Through the years, I have always been committed to producing operas that tell stories of communities that have been historically silenced, unvoiced, and ignored,” said Noulin-Mérat.  “I am looking forward to presenting narratives that spark our imagination and build cultural equity in the operatic canon.”

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Taijuan Moorman

Taijuan Moorman is a reporter and social media specialist for Columbus Underground and The Metropreneur, covering civics, arts, entertainment, lifestyle, and business news and features. Born and raised in Columbus, she is a graduate of Ohio University’s renowned Scripps School of Journalism.


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