Changes at the Latvian National Opera Guild  

Last November 12th, 2006, the Board approved a number of changes, electing a new chairman and three board members. After thirteen years of successful and skillful service, Chairwoman Beatrise Rasuma turned over her chairmanship to Vice-Chairman Juris Padegs.

Beatrise Rasuma was our Guild’s highly respected chairwoman for the last three years and, prior, our vice-chairwoman for many years. These were very fruitful years for the Guild. Under her able leadership, we surpassed the million dollar watermark in total donations in support of the Guild’s activities. Our membership grew as well. We acknowledged Beatrise Rasuma with our praises, flowers, a champagne toast, and most of all, with our Board’s heartfelt thanks, that together with her husband Edvīns she will not be far, with both staying on Board members.

For the last three years, Juris Padegs has been our vice-chairman, actively engaged with the management and staff of the LNO, traveling to Riga often himself. A devoted and passionate fan of opera both in New York and in Europe, Juris Padegs graciously accepted the Board’s unanimous decision, and with the help of the Board and its Advisory Panel, immediately set about to continue building on Beatrise Rasuma’s momentum and accomplishments.

Our new vice-chairwoman will be Aija Pelše, who has been active on the Board for more than a decade and is best known as the indefatigable chairwoman of the New York Latvian Concert Choir. The Board also approved by acclimation the candidacies of its newest members Michael Israels, Andris Padegs, and Pēters Vecrumba. Departing Board member Vera Siliņa joined the Inspection Committee (Supervisory Board).

In concluding the meeting, the new Board discussed and debated paths for the Guild’s future activities, based on our Guild’s mission and responsiveness of our Guild’s members and supporters.