Management & Staff
Sondra Quinn, Executive Director
Sondra Quinn is the Executive Director of Opera Naples. Formerly she was founding President/CEO, Naples Botanical Garden, and spearhead the development of a 160-acre botanical garden. For twelve years, she served as Orlando Science Center CEO, leading the team to build a $50M facility. She also served as Interim Executive Director, Capital Children’s Museum, Washington, DC, and as VP, Program, Science Museum of Minnesota. After completing a rigorous certification process, she became certified in board governance topics, advanced facilitation techniques, and the BoardSource training methodology. Sondra is a past Board Member of numerous organizations; her extensive professional and community ser-vices have been recognized and include: a key to the city of Orlando, Museum Lifetime Achievement Award, Summit Award for Leadership and Community Service, Woman of the Year in Arts and Culture, Community Leader of the Year, She was selected as a 2015 Woman Of Initiative in Naples.
Robin Shuford Frank, Music Administrator, Chorus Master, Director of Education and Community Outreach
Robin Shuford Frank is Chorus Master, Music Administrator, and Director of Educational Outreach for Opera Naples, for which she also serves as Musical Director for youth productions. She engages Southwest Florida’s youth through the company’s Student Apprentice Program, community outreach performances, Elementary In-School Tours, and Young Artist Program. An accomplished pianist, she serves as the rehearsal pianist for Opera Naples’ main productions as well as the pianist for community concerts and events. As chorus master, she prepares the adult and children’s choruses for all productions in which they appear. She is also the company’s orchestra personnel manager and librarian. Aside from her work with Opera Naples, Frank is the accompanist for The Festival Singers of Florida and also frequently performs with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and The Naples Players. She is a frequently sought guest accompanist for choral festivals around the country.
Prior to moving to Naples, Frank was an Adjunct Professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University, a rehearsal pianist for Palm Beach Opera, an Artist in Residence for Bak Middle School of the Arts, and a Pianist/Coach for Opera New Jersey. Frank has been an Adjunct Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University in the Bower School of Music since 2009. She has a Masters degree from Westminster Choir College in Accompanying and Vocal Coaching and a Bachelors degree in Music Education from The Florida State University.
Leah Summers, Artistic Coordinator
Leah has appeared extensively throughout Europe and the US. She has performed leading roles at the Vienna Staatsoper, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, New Jersey Opera, Opera Colorado, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Naples, Pittsburgh Opera, Juilliard Opera Center, Opera Orchestra of New York with Eve Queller at Carnegie Hall. A soloist with the NY Chamber Orchestra, the Ensemble Musica Sacra in Salzburg, the Tanglewood Music Festival Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble among others, the New York Festival of Song and Music Niagara in Canada. She has recorded Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the Dallas Symphony and solo songs by Stephan Volpe. A recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria, a Herbert von Karajan grant from the Vienna Staatsoper, a William Matheus Sullivan career grant and a finalist of the Richard Tucker Foundation Awards. She is a graduate of the University of Miami and the Juilliard School in NYC.