Anna R. Lee
Founder, Opera Singers Initiative / ArtsTrak
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Anna R. Lee is the Founder of Opera Singers Initiative, a nonprofit organization that provides business training, artist development, and mentoring for emerging professional opera singers. She is responsible for the management, oversight, and strategy for Opera Singers Initiative. Each year, Opera Singers Initiative selects outstanding emerging professional opera singers to join the program, designed to help singers transition from academia to the ‘real world’ by building practical business skills.
At McKinsey & Company, Mrs. Lee oversaw over 80 national and international consultants while running the business operations of McKinsey Alumni Consulting (MAC) working closely with McKinsey shareholders and partners in the development, launch, and coordination of McKinsey Alumni Consulting. MAC became the firm’s first new program in over 40 years, and Mrs. Lee managed the finances, program growth, alumni consultants, and revenue generation within this program.
Mrs. Lee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
William R. Lee III
Associate Director, Cushman & Wakefield
President, Board of Directors
Bill Lee is an Associate Director at Cushman & Wakefield. Mr. Lee is recognized as an entrenched, prolific, and accessible component of the commercial real estate landscape and well known by many in the industry. Highly respected by his peers, Mr. Lee specializes in providing first-hand insight for tenants he represents, while also focusing on point of service trust for acquisition, disposition and emerging industry specific companies.
Prior to joining Cushman and Wakefield, Mr. Lee worked at Newmark Knight Frank, with such significant assignments as the marketing and disposition of approximately 242,000 RSF of office space in Manhattan with a proposed buildable availability of 500,000 RSF. Additionally, sourcing and assembling an RFP response for The Loews Corporation's Building Agency of 150,000 RSF in Tennessee, and separately for Dallas. On the tenant side of transactions, Mr. Lee was instrumental in sourcing C.V. Starr & Co.'s national RFP in corporate services and lease administration, The Associated Press’ National RFP for Lease Administration and Transaction Services, Intuit in Project Management and General Corporate Services, and The United Way in New York City disposition and acquisition RFP.
Mr. Lee began his corporate real estate activity at Insignia/ESG in Manhattan and was leasing account executive at CB Richard Ellis where he sourced the Misys International Banking Systems account and was a member of the internal disposition and acquisition team who executed a combined acquisition of 53,000 RSF in Downtown, Midtown and New Jersey in repositioning. Also during that time, Mr. Lee represented J.P Morgan in a number of deals including a 45,000-square-foot sublease at 120 Broadway Downtown where he has worked for 2 years. Additionally, he has acted as tenant representative for Or Music, LLC in their move from the GM Building to 37 West 17th Street. He has coordinated multiple brokers in a subleasing disposition at 15 Exchange Place in Jersey City for NASDAQ.
Mr. Lee's goals for servicing his clients revolve around generating superior ideas, advising his clients on best practices, drawing deep market insights, leveraging landlord and tenant relationships, and simplifying standard Manhattan protocol.
Mr. Lee can be reached at email@example.com.
Angela Maria Blasi
Vice President/Artist Manager, Columbia Artists Management (CAMI Vocal)
After winning numerous voice competitions including the Metropolitan Opera Competition in 1981, the New York born Italian-American soprano became a contracted member of the Hessen State Theater in Wiesbaden. In 1985, Wolfgang Sawallisch offered her a contract at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where she soon became an audience favorite in leading roles such as Susanna (Marriage of Figaro), Pamina (Die Zauberfloete), Nedda (Pagliacci), Mimi (La Boheme), Liu (Turandot), and Micaela (Carmen). Angela's successes in Munich were highlighted by her 1994 appointment by the Bavarian Ministry of Culture as Kammersaengerin as well as the 2000 Munich Merkur Prize for her interpretation of Marguerite in Gounod's "Faust".
Angela is also well known as a recording artist, and received a 2004 Grammy nomination (Best Vocal Performance) for her interpretation of orchestral songs by Joseph Marx. Other important recordings include collaborations with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in works of Bach and Mozart, Sir Colin Davis in the Mozart Requiem and Brahms Requiem, and Giuseppe Sinopoli in the symphonies of Mahler.
Film credits feature her in the Salzburg production of Mozart's "Il Re Pastore" with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, as Musetta in the Luigi Comencini "La Boheme" with Jose Carreras as Rodolfo and James Conlon conducting, and as a soprano soloist in many commercially released gala concerts with the Munich Opera orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta.
Highlights of the past two seasons include her critically acclaimed performance of Puccini's heroine in Robert Wilson's "Madama Butterfly" with the Los Angeles Opera, her performance of Mathilde in the 2005 Opera Orchestra of New York's Carnegie Hall presentation of Rossini's "Guillaume Tell", and her South American debut as Mimi in "La Boheme" at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.
Angela has just relocated from Munich, Germany to the United States and makes her home in Harrington Park, New Jersey.This coming season will feature Angela's debuts at the New York City Opera, Ft. Worth Opera, West Palm Beach, Grand Rapids, as well as a reengagement at the Teatro Colon in Argentina.