Opera Theatre of Saint Louis General Director Andrew Jorgensen announced today two promotions from within the company’s administrative team. Effective immediately, Nicole Ambos Freber will step into a new role as Managing Director of Advancement, following 20 years of tremendous success as the Director of Development. In her new role, Freber will be responsible for unifying and streamlining all external affairs efforts for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, overseeing development, marketing, public relations, and community partnerships. A national search for a new Director of Development will begin shortly.
Jorgensen also confirmed the permanent appointment of Anh Le as Director of Marketing and Public Relations, following five months during which she held that role in an interim capacity. Le has been with the company since 2015, having served previously as the Publications and Brand Manager and then the Assistant Director of Marketing.
“It is a pleasure for me to acknowledge the contributions that both Nicole and Anh have made to Opera Theatre’s success, and to partner with them to further strengthen the work we do both during the festival season and in our year-round programming,” said General Director Andrew Jorgensen. “Nicole’s many years of service to Opera Theatre have been vital to our legacy of strong community and fiscal strength. Her deep knowledge of our patrons and our company make her a crucial thought partner as we plan strategically for years to come, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with her even more closely. Anh has been with Opera Theatre for four years, and in that time she has become known as one of the brightest young minds in opera administration. She stepped into a director role at a moment’s notice last March, and has impressed our board, patrons, and staff with her work from the very start. I am thrilled to recognize her success and make her new role official.”
“It is always a privilege to collaborate with Opera Theatre’s extraordinary staff and Board of Directors,” said Freber. “I am excited to take on this new role, which gives me the opportunity to strengthen OTSL’s connection to the St. Louis community, enhance the company’s visibility, and work with my colleagues to develop new strategies to sustain Opera Theatre’s fiscal strength.”
“I am so grateful to Andrew Jorgensen and to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for this opportunity,” said Le. “OTSL has supported my career and professional development in a way that is rare in our field. I look forward to repaying that trust by continuing to build new audiences, deepen patron engagement, and promote the incredible work of our artists both in St. Louis and across the nation.”
About Nicole Ambos Freber
Nicole Ambos Freber joined Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 1999 and has served as Director of Development since 2001. She leads an outstanding team that works in partnership with Opera Theatre’s Board of Directors to secure philanthropic support to sustain the company’s mission; during her tenure, Opera Theatre has raised more than $104 million in contributed revenue. With Freber’s leadership, OTSL’s annual operating support has increased 190% since 2001 and the company’s endowment has grown to exceed $34 million.
Nicole serves on the national steering committee of OPERA America’s Women’s Opera Network and is an adjunct faculty member for Webster University’s Master of Fine Arts in Arts Management & Leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Engineering Technology with a minor in Electrical Engineering from the University of Miami, and has held previous development positions at the University of Missouri - St. Louis and Center of Creative Arts (COCA).
About Anh Le
Anh Le began her career at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2015, and has quickly advanced through the ranks of the company to become the Director of Marketing and Public Relations. In this role, Le will oversee all sales campaigns, audience development initiatives, and media relations while providing key collaborative and strategic support on company-wide community engagement efforts. Under her leadership, Opera Theatre’s marketing and public relations team achieved a 6% increase in total ticket buyers for the 2019 Festival Season, and an even more impressive 14% increase in first-time ticket buyers.
In addition to her duties at OTSL, Le has been a passionate advocate for diversity and equity in the opera field, speaking on these themes at the 2018 World Opera Forum and the 2017 OPERA America conference.
She currently sits on OPERA America’s ALAANA Steering Committee to advise on issues of inclusion and was one of the original members of that same organization’s Civic Action Group, which provides resources on authentic civic impact and partnership. Le completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University and received an M.F.A. in Theater Management from the Yale School of Drama.