Barbara Donner has been a stage manager at LA Opera since 1990 and recently completed her 85th production for the company.

Highlights of her time with the company include Achim Freyer’s production of Der Ring des Nibelungen, Franco Zeffirelli’s Pagliacci and Francesca Zambello’s production of Candide.

After graduating from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Barbara quickly moved into the world of professional opera, working with San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, Opera Pacific, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Barbara has worked with the LA Philharmonic, stage managing their productions of Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro and Cosi fan tutte—all under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel—as well as Philip Glass’ The Civil Wars and Yuval Sharon's productions of Young Caesar, Europeras, Das Lied von der Erde and Atlas. She has also stage managed a highly acclaimed production of Bernstein’s On the Town with the San Francisco Symphony.

Barbara has been part of the stage management team running the summer musicals at the Hollywood Bowl for the past 11 years. This year, Barbara was awarded the Del Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in the Art of Stage Management from the Stage Managers’ Association.