Guerilla Opera Hires Clive Grainger as their Executive Director

Since the company’s inception local soprano Aliana de la Guardia, an active performer in Boston’s new music scene, has served as the General Manager of Boston’s experimental opera company – Guerilla Opera. Now in their 11th season, de la Guardia steps aside to welcome the company’s newest member, Clive Grainger to their new Executive Director position.

In her ten seasons as General Manager, de la Guardia has served as the face of the company to the public and supervised the company’s marketing, fundraising and operations efforts. As an integral member of Guerilla Opera’s team of producers she is in part responsible for 14 world premiere operas, 16 new productions, numerous public events, studio recordings, arranged the live-streaming of performances since 2013, as well as travelled the company’s signature production of “Heart of a Dog” to Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY and to The Rudi E. Scheidt School at the University of Memphis.

De la Guardia will still serve on the board of directors as the treasurer, who will oversee the company’s financial management, and as a long-time company member, you can expect to see her cast in future operas.

Born and raised in the UK, Grainger has made his home in the Boston area for the past twenty years. He comes to Guerilla Opera as an award-winning photographer and television producer, with extensive experience as a production and stage manager in both television and theatre. For ten years he worked in production for BBC television in London, UK. Upon moving to the US, he became a member of the renowned Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he was the senior producer of award-winning broadcast communication for the Science Media Group, one of the leading producers of science education television and interactive media in the United States.

Grainger is married to Carole Charnow, former founder and general director of Opera Boston. During the life of Opera Boston he was actively involved in building and supporting the company, and is very familiar with the Boston opera and music community. Grainger comments:

I am delighted to step into my new role with Guerilla Opera as it celebrates an impressive ten-year history of innovation in opera production. I have been impressed by Guerilla Opera’s adventurous mission, its artistic integrity and the opportunities it offers to challenge both artists and audiences. I am honored to work with the company as it enters its second decade and seeks to grow and develop, bringing more exciting repertoire to the city and region.

As a US/British dual citizen, he traveled extensively on assignment to numerous US states, Switzerland, Pakistan, Canada, and to multiple European cities. More recently, Grainger has returned to the theatre where he has stage-managed productions for the Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Baroque, The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus and Wheelock Family Theatre. He is an active photographer whose assignments include portraits, theatre and opera productions, architecture, event and documentary photography.

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