Board of Directors
Vice-President and Artistic Director
Secretary and Director, Ángeles
de la Ópera
MarÍa Teresa Dobarganes
Claudia Escalante Kay
Cecilio Garza LimÓn
John DALY GoOdwin
Thomas D. Lips
Between 1977 and 2004, tenor John Bills sang in literally thousands of performances at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City under virtually every major conductor of his day. He can be heard on CDs and DVDs with colleagues such as Plácido Domingo, Renata Scotto, and Luciano Pavarotti. He sang with Mr. Pavarotti in New York’s Central Park before a crowd of 75,000 and was chosen to solo with him and Mirella Freni in a gala performance of La Bohème. In 2008 he was a founding judge of Concurso San Miguel and in 2011 was selected by the Board of Directors to become Artistic Director. During his tenure, Mr. Bills has greatly expanded the educational and performing activities of Opera San Miguel, and grown the company’s international reputation as one of the most important and prestigious in Mexico, as well as attracting internationally renowned opera figures to participate in the annual Concurso. He lives in San Miguel de Allende with his wife Shari Alexander, who is active with OSM as Director of the Angels of the Opera and Director of Public Relations, as well as serving as OSM Secretary. Mr. Bills is a regular correspondent for Pro Opera magazine in Mexico City.
Mario Alberto Hernández
Since 2008, Opera San Miguel has been proud to have Maestro Hernández as its Resident Pianist and Coach. His inexhaustible energy, talent as a pianist, vast knowledge of operatic repertoire and style, and unique ability to communicate with his singers have made him invaluable to the Concurso. Originally from León, Gto., Maestro Hernández has been a Piano Accompanist/Coach and Assistant Conductor of the Festival Internacional Cervantino, the Festival of Sinaloa, and the Festival of the Ciudad de México and has participated in activities with the Orquesta Sinfónica of UNAM, the Filarmónica of Mexico City, and the Orquesta de Minería, of which he is Music Director. Since 1989, he has served on the faculty of the Escuela Superior de Música del INBA.
Joining our team in 2011, Alberto Pacheco brings more than 30 years experience as a graphic designer, computer expert, website designer, and team manager to his new post as Opera San Miguel’s Company Manager. His expertise is responsible for the redesign of our website, making it more efficient and user-friendly, and for streamlining all technical aspects of the organization. He is chief coordinator between the Artistic Team, the Administrative Team, and the Board of Directors and works closely with our Publicity and Community Relations Director. His graphic design skills will soon be evident in our advertising campaigns and our program design. In addition, Alberto’s enthusiasm, humor, energy, ability to supervise and coordinate the work of others, and bilingual translation skills make him an ideal choice as Company Manager. Born in Mexico City, Alberto lives in San Miguel de Allende with his wife Wendy, a magazine editor, and their Border Collie Mac. Their son Justin lives in Annapolis, Maryland, and their daughter Emily lives in New York City.