Winners of the San Francisco Opera district auditions, recently held in Salt Lake City, are tenor James Miller, Salt Lake City, first place; Martha West Glissmeyer, mezzo-soprano from Provo, second; and soprano LaDawn Gardner, Alpine, third. The Utah Opera Guild awarded prize money to each winner.
- CHANGES AT BALLET WEST have brought some new faces to the company's administration:Cindy Elliot, who will serve as director of marketing and public relations, holds a B.A. from Harvard in fine arts. The Montana native has an extensive background in visual and performing arts education. She has been executive director of the Montana Small Business Association (1977-81). She recently left the Utah Symphony after five years as associate director of marketing to start Elliot & Associates, a consulting firm providing marketing services for the arts and business.
Kenneth Miller is Ballet West's new comptroller. A graduate of the University of Utah, he has worked for Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte & Touche), for Steiner Corporation and Questar Corporation, and the U.S. Army finance unit.
Liz Barlow has been appointed associate director of development. Barlow holds an M.A. from the University of Virginia and has worked as a technical and freelance writer. She joined Ballet West in 1988 as director of marketing.
- SALT LAKE ACTING COMPANY has appointed playwright Aden Ross as its new literary manager, replacing Allen Nevins, who has resigned to pursue other interests.
As one of her first projects for SLAC, Ross is researching the life and times of the Bronte sisters (of "Wuthering Heights" and "Jane Eyre" fame) for a new play commissioned for next season. Another project in the works is a play about French sculptor Auguste Rodin and his stormy relationship with Camille Claudel, one of his students.
Ross has taught at Utah State University in Logan and has been a writer in residence at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. She's also given workshops and acted as a consultant in the arts, humanities and the law.
One of her works, "Feet," is currently being staged as part of TheatreWorks West's "Utah Shorts," an evening of ten 10-minute plays at the Art Barn through Nov. 11.
Salt Lake Acting Company is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Its opening production for the season, David Henry Hwang's "M. Butterfly," has been held over through Nov. 18.
- DIANA S. ELLIS, formerly vice chairman of the board of directors, has been named managing director of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation. A past president of the Junior League of Ogden and the Ogden Symphony-Ballet Association, Ellis is also a member of the Utah Symphony and Utah Heritage Foundation boards and the Ogden Egyptian Theatre Foundation.
In other appointments, Randall Shirley recently joined the Bachauer staff as associate artistic director. A Brigham Young University graduate, Shirley interned at the Wolftrap Performing Arts Foundation. Amanda Pahnke has also joined the Bachauer Foundation staff as marketing director. Previously she worked as finance director for the Utah Republican Party.
- JOANN FROST, past president of the Utah Opera Guild, was recently elected regional director of the Southwest/Pacific area of Opera Guilds International, at a conference in New York City. Eight members of the Utah Opera Guild board of directors attended the conference, which focused on innovative fundraising.
- AT A MEETING IN BUDAPEST recently, Eric Fielding of Orem was elected chair of the Publications and Information Exchange Commission (PIEC) of the International Organization of Scenographers, Technicians and Architects of Theatre. PIEC serves as an international roundtable of editors and publishers of performing arts design and technology magazines.
Fielding and his wife, Cecilia, edit publications for the U.S. Institute of Theatre Technology, including the quarterly, Theater Design & Technology, and a monthly newsletter, Sightlines. He's also an adjunct faculty member for the University of Utah theater department and a freelance set and lighting designer.