Meet the Directors

Judith Lisi, General Director, Opera Tampa
Judith Lisi is very happy to collaborate once again with her opera colleagues. When she first came to The Center in 1992 as the executive director, her hope was to ultimately produce Grand Opera for this wonderful community. Her Opera Tampa successes include Madama Butterfly, Carmen, La Bohème, Tosca, Hansel and Gretel, La Traviata, The Marriage of Figaro, the world premiere of Sacco & Vanzetti, An Evening of Verdi & Puccini, Die Fledermaus, Basically Bernstein, Rigoletto, Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Otello, Turandot and many more. Before coming to Tampa, Lisi was general director of the New Haven Opera Company, where she produced more than 20 fully-staged operas with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Lisi is very grateful to The Center’s Board of Directors for their support in producing opera in Tampa and to her dedicated and talented staff.

Daniel Lipton, Artistic Director and Conductor, Opera Tampa
Lipton comes to Tampa after 20 years as artistic director of Opera Ontario in Canada; for the last four years of that position, he was also music director and chief conductor of the Anhaltische Philharmonie and general director of the opera company in Dessau, Germany. As an opera and orchestra conductor, he has held positions in Bogota, Colombia; Zurich, Switzerland; Bologna and Florence, Italy; and, in the United States, in Houston and Denver. 

Lipton also has founded a number of choruses, opera and ballet companies, and symphony orchestras. Born in France and raised in New York City, Lipton was educated at the Juilliard School, Mannes College of the New School for Music and the Manhattan School of Music. A career highlight for Lipton was conducting the world premiere of Gian Carlo Menotti's last opera, Il Giorno da Nozze, in Seoul, South Korea, with the Metropolitan Opera.
Frank McClain, Managing Director, Opera Tampa
Frank McClain was formally the Artistic Director of Florida Opera Theatre, the opera/musical theatre production manager for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and served as co-director of the Young Artist Program for Opera Tampa. For many years he was on staff at the former Orlando Opera Company as resident stage director and co-director of the Orlando Opera Studio Artist Program. He holds a BA in Vocal Performance from Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa.