Scott Finlay

President & CEO

With a remarkable twelve-year journey within the organization, Scott Finlay brings an unparalleled understanding of CCO’s rich history, its unique challenges, and its immense potential for artistic and organizational growth. Originally from Jena, Louisiana, Finlay holds an impressive educational background, including a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Louisiana at Monroe (BBA-Management ULM ’89), a master’s degree in vocal performance (MM ULM ’94) and doctoral work at the University of Colorado in vocal performance and pedagogy (DMA CU ABD). His vision for CCO is built upon a comprehensive plan encompassing four critical areas within the company:


  1. Financial sustainability involving innovative approaches for revenue generation by the leverage of current assets and endowment fund development.
  2. Labor relations with a commitment to transparency, collaboration, and fair compensation for artists, along with proactive social media strategies to address public concerns constructively.
  3. Innovation and audience development based on the reimagining of CCO’s artistic vision while continuing to support the world-class quality for which the organization is famous.  In addition, expanding collaborations, and ensuring accessibility to attract a wider and younger audience.
  4. Expanded community engagement and educational outreach initiatives that foster stronger connections by showcasing artistic creations and highlighting the contemporary significance and societal relevance of opera for 21st-century audiences.