Faculty & Administration

Resident Artists of Pittsburgh Opera learn from dedicated guest and resident faculty who represent the best and brightest teachers and performers in the business. Craig Rutenberg, Mikael Eliasen, and Marlena Malas are frequently found in Pittsburgh Opera rehearsal halls and coaching rooms, while young artists over the years have experienced the unique talents of Renata Scotto, Beverly Sills, Regina Resnik, Regine Crespin, Franco Corelli, Luciano Pavarotti, and Sherrill Milnes.

Click on a faculty member's name to see their biography below:
Christopher Hahn, General Director
Antony Walker, Music Director
William J. Powers, Director of Administration and Artistic Operations
Mark Trawka, Director of Musical Studies/Chorus Master
Glenn Lewis, Head of Music
James Lesniak, Associate Coach/Pianist
Emily Grand, Resident Artist Program Administrator

James Lesniak, Associate Coach/Pianist   James Lesniak, Associate Coach/Pianist

  A native of Kenosha, Wisconsin, James Lesniak joined the  
  Pittsburgh Opera music staff in the 2006-2007 season. He
  received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Indiana
  University, where he studied with pianists Menahem Pressler,
  Karen Shaw and Evelyne Brancart. While completing his
  degrees, he served on the music staff for Mississippi State University and the Indiana University Opera Theatre. Further studies included an apprenticeship with the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera for two seasons, where he was given his operatic debut in the non-singing/piano playing role of Lazinski in Fedora at the Kennedy Center, accompanying Placido Domingo in the opera. In addition, James has served on the coaching staff of Brevard Music Center, Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center and the National Symphony. For the summer months, James returns to the music staff of the prestigious Santa Fe Opera.
Mrs. J. William Futrell generously sponsors Mr. Lesniak's residency.