About Us

The International Friends of Festival Verdi is a non-profit organization, based in New York, that provides opportunities for individuals, corporations, and foundations to help to preserve and expand Festival Verdi in giving advice and financial support to the Teatro Regio di Parma through an exclusive international membership program.

The Festival Verdi is an acclaimed month-long festival that takes place every Autumn in Parma and is entirely devoted to staging and studying the works of the most-performed composer in opera history, Giuseppe Verdi. 

Our philanthropic contributions are recognized throughout the year and highlighted during the Festival alongside the prestigious public and private supporters in Italy and our major donors are honored as essential partners with Festival Verdi as it expands and enriches its classical and experimental performances together with its educational and outreach programming. 

We meet formally twice a year: in Parma during the Festival Verdi and in New York – or in a European capital as decided by the Board. 

During these meetings, the General Director of the Teatro Regio di Parma, Mrs. Anna Maria Meo, presents, discusses strategies, projects, and progresses of both the Festival Verdi and Teatro Regio. 

Meetings in Parma are coupled with an exclusive program of performances related to all-around rare privileges at Opera and Theatre related to the personal level of involvement (Friends, Supporters, Circles, Benefactors and Patrons). 


We believe and share the institutional values and goals of the Teatro Regio.

Our Goals

To promote the Festival Verdi in the United States.
To make certain that Verdi’s legacy endures through time.
To educate and expand the awareness of Verdi in the United States.
To collaborate with American Theatres and stage unique Festival Verdi productions.
To create opportunities for students of opera to participate in Festival Verdi.
To create a special club for Verdi opera lovers.

Our Dream

To have an edition of Festival Verdi in the United States!

Our Committee

Founded in 2017 with the mission of supporting and fostering the growth of the Festival Verdi in Parma.

As a non-profit organization, IFFV relies on the support of generous donors to keep this festival growing and the legacy of Verdi alive!

IFFV President
James E. Miller

Teatro Regio di Parma General Director
Anna Maria Meo

IFFV Board and Ambassadors
James E. Miller
Jillian Boyce
Jane Oberwager
Eric L. Young
Nathan C. Zipperian
Silvia Frieser

IFFV Advisory Council
Brian Dore
Maria Gabriella Landers
Marco Massini
Jane Oberwager

Our Benefactors

Honorary Council
Angiolo Carrara Verdi, Chair
Zaira Dalla Rosa Prati, Honorary Chair
Roberto Abbado
Maria Agresta
Renato Bruson
Francesco Izzo
Raina Kabaivanska
Leo Nucci
Renata Scotto
Graham Vick

Founding Patrons
Jane Hudson
Marco Massini
Douglas Miller
James E. Miller
Monique Olivier
Laurie Rubinow
Regina Reardon
Jane and Raffaele Scalcione
James C. Shah
John Visgilio
Eric L. Young
René and Stefania von Holstein Pallavicino

Circle 2019-2020
Ciu Travel by Maria Gabriella Landers & Brian Dore

Patrons 2019-20
Cailin Arthur
Armand Bartos
Cynthia Bear
Jillian Boyce
Anna D’Agostino
Brian Dore
John Edgar
Stephanie French
Jane Heffner
Ronald Kravitz
Maria Gabirella Landers
Elizabeth Lusskin
Phyllis Lusskin
James McClennen
Stephania McClennen
James E. Miller
Corinne H. Nevinny
Jane Oberwager
Monique Olivier
Norma Olivier
Geraldine Rizzo
Jon Rotenstreich
Susan Rotenstreich
Raffaele Scalcione
Marco Scolastra
Heidi Wendel
Mia Wendel-Dilallo
Susan Wicks

Patrons 2018-19
Corinne H. Nevinny
Douglas Miller
James E. Miller
Monique Olivier
Laurie Rubinow
Regina Reardon
Mary Sauer
James C. Shah
Eric L. Young

Circle 2018-19
Numerical LLC by Tina Salandra
Ciu Travel by Maria Gabriella Landers & Brian Dore