Founder, Chair Emeritus
Mel Weingart is currently Chairman and President of The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund; he has held that position for the past 16 years. Prior to that time, he was the General Manager of The Argyle Club for more than 30 years. In addition, Mel is the Founder of OPERA San Antonio and served as the Board Chair until October 2017.
Mr. Weingart’s musical education and experience has included being awarded a scholarship to The New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Massachusetts to study with the renowned Metropolitan Opera tenor, Frederick Jagel. Mr. Weingart was also awarded a national vocal scholarship by the Juilliard School in 1969, in connection with the establishment of the American Opera Center at Juilliard. While there, Mr. Weingart studied with the very prominent voice teacher Marinka Gurewich and coached with Metropolitan Opera Conductors Kurt Adler and Martin Rich. In addition, Mr. Weingart was personally selected and coached by Leonard Bernstein to prepare the role of Florestan in the opera Fidelio, in connection with the Beethoven Bicentennial in 1970. Mr. Weingart has performed with The Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lake George Opera, Hartford Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera. He also sang the tenor lead in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the San Antonio Symphony, Victor Alessandro, Conducting.
Mr. Weingart is a graduate of the University of Denver with a BSBA degree. He and his wife, Sandy have been married for 57 years.