Our Staff


Leanne Clement

General Director

Dr. Leanne Clement is a graduate of The School of Music at Louisiana State University, where she received her Doctorate of Musical Arts as well as her Master of Music degrees in vocal performance. Prior to moving to Louisiana, Leanne received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. As a mezzo-soprano, Leanne’s roles include Azucena in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Florence Pike in Britten’s Albert Herring, both with Opera North, the Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, with Opera in the Ozarks and Opéra Louisiane, the title role in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with LSU Opera, The Old Prioress in Dialogues of the Carmelites, also with LSU Opera and the Mother in Hansel and Gretel with Opéra Louisiane. Recently she performed the role of Erda in Opéra Louisiane’s reduction of Wagner’s Ring Cycle and will be seen in 2017 with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra as the alto soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and again as a soloist for Opéra Louisiane’s 10th anniversary gala. Leanne began working part-time for Opéra Louisiane in the fall of 2008 and later became the Director of Development and Administration in January of 2009. She has served as General Director of Opéra Louisiane since 2011.


Michael Borowitz

Artistic Director

Conductor and pianist Michael Borowitz has served as Music Director for Opéra Louisiane since the 2012-13 season.  Borowitz is also Music Director of LSU Opera. For nine years he was Artistic Director of Nevada Opera, and for five seasons he was Music Director for Ohio Light Opera. Borowitz has been a guest conductor for Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Delaware, Baltimore Concert Opera, Pensacola Opera, AVA Ballet, Eastman School of Music, Opera Idaho, Opera Southwest, Rimrock Opera, Opera Columbus, The Reno Philharmonic and the LSU Symphony Orchestra, as well as assistant conductor with The Metropolitan Opera, Indianapolis Opera and Cleveland Opera. His current recordings (all on the Albany label) include Offenbach’s Bluebeard, Kern’s The Cabaret Girl, Herbert’s Mlle. Modiste (also released on DVD by Operetta Archives), and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore and Patience.


Mysti Byrnes

Associate Director

Ms. Byrnes comes from Michigan Opera Theatre where she was Program Coordinator of Education and Community Programs under renowned tenor Richard Leech. Prior to working with Michigan Opera Theatre, Ms. Byrnes received her Master of Music in Voice from the University of Michigan and worked in the ticketing office of the University Musical Society. She received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University majoring in Voice Performance with a minor in Political Science.

Ms. Byrnes worked with Teach for America from 2012-2014 in Cincinnati, OH where she taught preschool in a Head Start program. Ms. Byrnes maintains an active career as an opera singer. Most recently she performed with the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice as Clarina in La cambiale di matrimonio.


Michelle Nguyen

Marketing Assistant

Michelle Nguyen is a graduate of LSU with a Bachelor in Digital Art. She has been a member with Opéra Louisiane since February 2018. At Opéra Louisiane she manages the website, creates Facebook posts, email blasts, newsletters, and much of the graphic design that you see online and at Opéra Louisiane events.

She previously worked with Country Day School as a teacher in 2018. In 2016-2017, she was employed with LASM as a Tour Guide & Floater. During her college education she worked at Hill Memorial Library as a student worker. She scanned/edited documents for the Free People of Color Project and then assisted in microfilm for local newspapers. Today she continues to practice photography, graphic design, and animation.


Holly CarruthHolly Carruth

VOILA! Coordinator

Holly Carruth, assistant to the Vice President of Research & Economic Development at LSU, is the Volunteer Coordinator for Opéra Louisiane. She has been a member of the Opéra Louisiane Community Chorus since 2012 in their productions of The Elixir of Love, Die Fledermaus, Madama Butterfly, The Pirates of Penzance, and Ulysses: An American Mythology. Holly is also involved with Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus and serves as President-elect of Kiwanis at LSU.

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