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Board of Directors

Álvaro Nieto


John Bills

Vice-President and Artistic Director

Shari Alexander

Secretary and Director, Ángeles
de la Ópera

Alberto Pacheco

Acting Treasurer

MarÍa Teresa Dobarganes

Claudia Escalante Kay

Cecilio Garza LimÓn

John DALY GoOdwin

Thomas D. Lips

Artistic Director

John Bills

John Bills, Artistic Director

John Bills

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.

Artistic and
       Administrative Team

Maurenn O’Flynn

Master Teacher and Artist-in-Residence

Maureen O’Flynn

Maureen O’Flynn enjoyed a 28-year career as a leading soprano with virtually every major opera house in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg Staatsoper, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and La Scala, Milan. Legendary conductor Riccardo Muti chose her for Nanetta in Verdi’s Falstaff at La Scala, and to repeat the role in his Sony CD recording. Ms. O’Flynn’s definitive performance of Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto was heard by audiences in London, Venice, Palermo, Naples, the Arena di Verona, and in the U.S. at the Met, the New York City Opera, and the opera companies of Houston, Dallas, Philadelphia and San Diego. Today she has a thriving cabaret career, including performances at Feinstein’s in New York City, while sharing her experience with aspiring singers at her private studio in NYC and on the faculty of the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. Ms. O’Flynn is the “Rosewood San Miguel Master Teacher” and is the “Shari Alexander Artist-In-Residence.” In those positions she is responsible for presenting Master Classes and coaching and preparing the finalists of Concurso San Miguel for their performances in the contest’s Final Round.


Mario Alberto Hernandez

Mario Alberto Hernández, Resident Pianist and Coach

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.


Adriana Escobar

Alberto Pacheco, Company Manager

Alberto Pacheco

Joining our team in 2011, Alberto Pacheco brings more than 40 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 are evident in our advertising campaigns, our program design, and stage backgrounds. 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 medical journal editor, and their Border Collie Mac. Their son Justin lives in Annapolis, Maryland, and their daughter Emily lives in New York City.