Meet our new BravO council members

BravO is D.C.’s premier young professional arts-lover program, welcoming those who are interested in opera to connect with one another, WNO, and the productions. Each year, led by the BravO council, this group attends designated, discounted BravO nights at the Opera, networking happy hours, and a variety of other social events that focus on the work on our stages. The council functions much like a Junior Board and is made up of extremely dedicated individuals who meet monthly to make strategic plans for the future of BravO, and more importantly the next generation of Opera fans.

This fall we are thrilled to welcome two new council members, Mattia D’Affuso and Alyssa O’Connor!

Mattia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Italian Language and Literature, a Bachelor of Music from James Madison University, and a Master’s of Music Performance and Education from the University of Tennessee. Having grown up in Italy, Mattia was exposed to opera at an early age and immediately fell in love with this powerful art form. He has worked with several arts organizations and continues to be an avid opera-goer and supporter of the arts in the D.C. area. He’s a proud member of the National Italian American Foundation and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Society. Currently, he’s a Sales Associate at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

Alyssa is a native of Rochester, New York, and a relatively recent transplant to D.C. She’s a graduate of Cornell and The University of Chicago Law School. She currently works on banking regulation as a lawyer at the Federal Reserve. Alyssa’s love for opera stems from a class she took in law school on opera and the law—there are tons of legal issues in various operas, and she can talk your ear off about it! Since then, she has been hooked on the art form, and loves introducing opera to younger generations. Her favorite operas include Eugene Onegin, Rusalka, Carmen, La Traviata, Der Rosenkavalier, and anything Puccini. She’s excited to keep exploring new works and support the next generation of opera composers and performers, as well as others who make such complex and extraordinary performances happen!

Both new council members have already proven to be excellent additions to our ranks and we look forward to continuing to work together to build the future of Opera audiences.

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