Opera North Staff

Evans Haile, General Director

Evans Haile has more than twenty-five years of experience as a producer and artistic director. His career includes 15 years helming the Cape Playhouse (America’s oldest professional summer theater) and reopening and creating the new infrastructure of the North Shore Music Theater. In New York, Evans has produced at Lincoln Center, the historic Town Hall, and off-Broadway. He was producer and host of NPR’s “Toast of the Town…A Song for…” series and is the leader of the Gainesville (Florida) orchestra, among many other artistic endeavors. His international career includes conducting major orchestras in Russia (Moscow Philharmonic), Western Europe, and Australia. He has worked with major orchestras and opera companies in the US including the Boston Pops, the Florida Grand Opera, the Seattle Opera, the Sarasota orchestra, and the Milwaukee Symphony. In 2014, he was Master Artist in Residence at Santa Fe College in Florida. Evans received his Bachelors and Masters Degree in Music from the Julliard School in New York.

Louis G. Burkot, Artistic Director

Louis G. Burkot studied conducting at the Yale School of Music, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Houston Grand Opera, and served as Music Director of Opera New England. He was appointed Artistic Director of Opera North in 1987, and has conducted more than 35 productions for the company. He is also the Director of the Dartmouth College Glee Club and Senior Lecturer in the Dartmouth College Department of Music. In addition, he gives master classes in Vocal Repertoire to music schools and conservatories throughout the United States. He is the recipient of the Dartmouth’s Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2000. Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe has praised his conducting as “first-rate, capable and stylish,” and Opera News magazine notes his conducting “sparkles with verve and sensitivity to the needs of singers.”

Lisa Morrison, Marketing Manager

Lisa Morrison joined Opera North in November 2015. For over 10 years, Lisa operated her own marketing consulting business. In addition to consulting primarily with small businesses and non-profit organizations, Lisa also worked for several national sport organizations, including US Eventing Association and Equine Canada, in both a marketing and program management capacity. Previously, she worked as Marketing Manager for 10 years at three of Canada’s largest software companies. Lisa has a BA in Marketing from Stephens College (Columbia, MO) and an MBA from the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON). In her spare time, Lisa enjoys the outdoors as a skier, hiker and snowshoer, and has recently returned to competitive riding, in the sport of eventing, with a young horse.

Craig A. Mowery, Technical Director

Craig hails from Vermont where he is a proud member of the IATSE Local 919 and serves on their Executive Board. Craig received his BA in Theatre from Castleton State College. His past production credits include Sandglass Puppet Theatre, North Carolina Theatre, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, and Music Man: In Concert featuring Shirley Jones. Craig has been with Opera North since 2011, serving as their Master Electrician and advancing to Technical Director. He also works for various schools and companies around the Upper Valley including Hanover High School, City Center Ballet, and Pentangle Arts.

Maria Laskaris, Development Director

Maria joined Opera North the fall of 2017 after a career in higher education. Before joining Opera North, she held many leadership positions at Dartmouth College, including Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Special Assistant to the Provost for Arts and Innovation, and interim director of the Hopkin Center for the Arts. A long-time supporter of Opera North, she served in several volunteer roles and as a board member. In addition to her work with Opera North, she works with students and families applying to highly selective institutions as a senior private counselor with Top Tier Admissions.



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