Since 2015, Christina Scheppelmann (Hamburg, 1965) has been the Artistic Director General at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona where she is responsible for programming & casting and overall artistic direction of the company.
Prior to that she was the first Director General of the Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman), the first opera house of its kind in the Gulf Region, where her mission was to present high quality music, opera and dance from around the world. Under her guidance ROHM established an excellent reputation as cultural destination in Oman and opened doors for international musical and cultural relations on many levels.
As Director of Artistic Operations at Washington National Opera, Ms. Scheppelmann oversaw the artistic planning for eleven years in collaboration with General Director Plácido Domingo. She was instrumental in fundraising efforts both locally and internationally, leading to grants for individual productions, on-going projects and specific renovations. Her passion for the art-form and interest to see it flourish into the future led her to conceive of and secure funding for WNO’s American Opera Initiative, offering young composers and librettists a developmental forum in which to bridge the gap between conservatory training and full-length commissions.
A long time champion of young artists, she has led masterclasses, lectured at artist training programs, and judged vocal competitions around the world.
Ms. Scheppelmann began her career in the arts early on performing in the children’s choir of the Hamburg State Opera. After completing a degree in banking she left her home country of Germany in 1988 to work in an Artist Management agency in Milan. Fluent in five languages, she quickly became known for her communication skills and was soon offered a job in arts administration at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
In 1994, she was recruited by Lotfi Mansouri to assist him at San Francisco Opera where, as one of the youngest artistic administrators at the time, she continued her work in planning seasons and hiring singers, conductors, directors and designers. Ms. Scheppelmann prides herself on having built solid collaborative relationships with union and civic leaders, members of the diplomatic corps, and national and international press.
In 2008, she was awarded the rank of Commendatore in the Order of the Star of Solidarity by the Italian government for her career-long work promoting opera and Italian culture.