About Us


Local Artists & Rising Stars

There is no instrument more capable of nuanced communication than the human voice. Its versatility can unite mankind and allows us to make unique connections with one another. Some scientists, linguists, and archaeologists even believe that the concept of language evolved from the singing, or melodic sounds of our distant ancestors. No matter the era or mother tongue, music moves people and provides a way to experience humanity’s greatest joys and trials.

Our mission is to create and share intimate musical experiences that honor the operatic repertoire, while keeping the stories meaningful for a modern audience. We champion local performers and artists, fostering their unique abilities and showcasing their talents in the community.

Read the Profile on Lyric Opera OC & our Artistic Director, Diana Farrell here!

“By valuing our artists, we teach our community to value art.”


Meet out Board of Directors:

Board of Directors & Affiliations


Diana Farrell, of Rancho Santa Margarita (President of Lyric Opera of Orange County and Director-at-Large, Board of Directors for Lyric Opera of Orange County), Emerging Arts Leaders of Orange County 2018-19 Steering Committee; Stage Director Pacific Lyric Association; Member National Association of Teachers of Singing; Staff Soprano for Pacific Chorale; Volunteer singer Festival Singers of Orange County; Substitute Soprano Section Leader St. John’s Episcopal Church of Rancho Santa Margarita, and St. James Anglican Church in Newport Beach; Operatic Soprano – Independent Contractor; graduate Cleveland Institute of Music.

Robert Graulich, of Trabuco Canyon (Board Chair, Board of Directors for Lyric Opera of Orange County), retired corporate and federal government executive; Peace Corps Volunteer; Peace Corps Malaysia Country Director; Peace Corps Congressional Affairs Director; Recording Artist for Colepix records (1962 Hit Parade); co-founder and VP Corporate Communications of publicly traded renewable energy company, Congressional Fellow, Board Chair (emeritus) of Florida HOA, board member and Business Development Committee Chair (emeritus) of National Peace Corps Assn, founding board member (emeritus) of Bruce Montgomery Foundation for the Arts; graduate of University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.

David Headland of Santa Ana (Director-at-Large, Lyric Opera of Orange County), Surtitles Coordinator for Opera Pacific from 1993-2008; former member of de Angelis Vocal Ensemble; Mitch Hanlon Singers with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra; Baritone section leader at Holy Family Cathedral in Orange, CA; Piano Accompanist – Independent Contractor; graduate California State University, Fullerton.

Scotland King of Trabuco Canyon (Secretary, Board of Directors for Lyric Opera of Orange County), former Global Head of the Office of Learning and Development for Citigroup; volunteer co-director of ceramics for Robinson Ranch Elementary; former Managing Director and Head of Retirement at Smith Barney; graduate University of Rochester.

HyeJung Shin of Irvine (Director-at-Large, Board of Directors for Lyric Opera of Orange County), Adjunct Professor at Concordia University, Irvine; Repetitor at American Institute of Musical Studies ( AIMS); Sanctuary  pianist at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach; Member of Pi Kappa Lambda by Eta Chapter of the National Music Honors Society; Previous Principal Musician at  University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); graduate of University of Southern California (USC), Flora L. Thornton School of Music .

Nathan Taxel of Rancho Santa Margarita (Treasurer, Board of Directors for Lyric Opera of Orange County), Resource Specialist OC Parks; Associate Faculty Saddleback College Division of Advanced Technology and Applied Science; California AEOE Board member at large; Former Alumni Council Co-Chair Student Conservation Association; MS Slippery Rock University; BA Hobart & William Smith College; NAI Certified Interpretive Guide.

Maggie Thompson of Tustin (Director-at-Large, Board of Directors for Lyric Opera of Orange County), Director of Special Events for Pacific Symphony; graduate of San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Placentia Founders Society Board Member; Substitute Soloist Christian Science Churches of Orange County; Operatic Mezzo Soprano – Independent Contractor; Alumna of Orange County School of the Arts.