National Opera Week is a communications focal point for the art form, creating a concentrated critical mass of opera messaging throughout North America. Participating individuals and companies are encouraged to make announcements about their positive year-round impact, offer public programs and, new for 2015, advocate for opera during Opera Advocacy Day on Thursday, October 29.
Individuals and organizations can participate in National Opera Week by:
These are only a few suggestions; you are welcome to tailor these ideas to fit yourself, your organization and your community, or to develop other activities — anything that engages your community, deepens relationships with current attendees, welcomes new audiences, advances opera or celebrates the art form’s diversity and excitement.
- Contacting their members of Congress to advocate on behalf of opera and the arts
- Promoting scheduled performances
- Offering free public events
- Holding press conferences
- Issuing season or program announcements
- Conducting social media campaigns
For More Information
If you have questions about National Opera Week or would like to discuss event ideas, contact Patricia K. Johnson, director of marketing and communications, at PKJohnson@operaamerica.org.
2015 National Opera Week Events
See below to view 2015 National Opera Week events. Search by state, or select "View All Events" to view everything that took place nationwide.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Opera Advocacy Day is an opportunity for individuals who work in or just love the opera field to show their support for this multidisciplinary art form and urge lawmakers and community leaders to enact policies and legislation that support opera and the performing arts.
OPERA America hosted its inaugural Opera Advocacy Day on May 5, 2015. Opera advocates from across the country came together on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and visited more than 40 congressional offices.
Now Opera Advocacy Day is part of National Opera Week and everyone can participate!
Read more about:
- Participating in Opera Advocacy Day (PDF)
- Artists as Advocates (PDF)
- Engaging Audiences (PDF)