John Massaro
John Massaro
Founder | Artistic Director
Gail Dubenbaum
Gail Dubinbaum
Founder | Creative Director

About The Phoenix Opera


To make opera sing for generations!


To nurture, promote and produce the finest traditional operatic performances and present the most beautiful voices, exquisite costumes and sensational sets to the delight of audiences in the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area and to sustain such performances in perpetuity through philanthropy, education, outreach and cultivation of new audiences.

Case for Support

The Phoenix Opera (PMO) has been established to perpetuate the performance of professional opera in the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Founded by John Massaro and Gail Dubinbaum, the success of PMO will stem from presenting a consistent artistic vision: the promotion and performance of traditional operatic productions, drawn from a repertoire of popular works from the late 18th through early 20th centuries that continue to delight audiences throughout the world. PMO's success will also stem from a strong business model with an absolute commitment to fiscal responsibility, exceptional marketing, effective fundraising, innovative educational outreach activities and the cultivation of new audiences throughout the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area.

Phoenix Opera benefactors Peggy and Jerry Schuld with Madama Butterfly cast and family members


Board of Directors

Bob Stump, Chair
Corporation Commissioner

Ann-Marie Anderson, Vice-Chair
A.M. Anderson Law

Ran Cohen, Secretary/Treasurer
Vice President
Bank of Arizona

Craig Dean

Marilyn Etcheverry
Grant Writer
M. Etcheverry, Inc.

Robert Hale
International Opera Singer

Donald Johanson, PHD
Founder & Director
ASU Institute of Human Origins

Dennis Kavanaugh
Mesa City Councilmember

David P. Lewis
Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US)

Gail Dubinbaum Massaro
Phoenix Opera

John Massaro
Phoenix Opera

Howard Paley
Development Counsel

Martin L. Shultz
Senior Policy Director
Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck

Ethel Harris
Staff Liaison
Harris Piano Studio

Honorary Board Members

B. G. Malamut
George Matson

Constantine Orbelian