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TIME TUESDAY
June 8, 2010
WEDNESDAY
June 9, 2010
THURSDAY
June 10, 2010
FRIDAY
June 11, 2010
SATURDAY
June 12, 2010
SUNDAY
June 13, 2010
MONDAY
June 14, 2010
TUESDAY
June 15, 2010
WEDNESDAY
June 16, 2010
9:00 AM  









Conference Seminars
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Leadership Advance

New General Directors

Soliciting New and Increased Annual Gifts

Making an Impact with
Social Media and Technology


Revolution in the Board Room
Networking
Networking
California Breakfast
8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
Join us for breakfast in the Conference Center on the final morning of Opera Conference 2010. If you haven’t had a chance yet to visit with exhibitors, this serves as the perfect opportunity to meet and network with potential business partners.










Save the Date: Ambassador Circle Events
Save the Date:
Special events after the conference will include performances of Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, private tours of landmark cultural institutions and fine dining at some of Los Angeles’ best restaurants. Registration materials will be available in March 2010. For more information contact Jonah Nigh, Assistant Director of Development, at JNigh@operaamerica.org 212-796-8620, ext. 222.










Save the Date: Ambassador Circle Events
Save the Date:
Special events after the conference will include performances of Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, private tours of landmark cultural institutions and fine dining at some of Los Angeles’ best restaurants. Registration materials will be available in March 2010. For more information contact Jonah Nigh, Assistant Director of Development, at JNigh@operaamerica.org 212-796-8620, ext. 222.
9:30 AM  
Keynote Address
9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Composer Daniel Catán has written four operas: Florencia en el Amazonas, La Hija de Rappacini (Rappaccini's Daughter) and Salsipuedes, A Tale of Love, War and Anchovies; Catán’s next opera, Il Postino, based on the Oscar-winning film, will soon debut at LA Opera. His lyrical, romantic style lends itself particularly well to the human voice, which features prominently in the majority of his works; he has been compared to Debussy, Richard Strauss and Puccini. The transcription of his speech, Composing Opera: A Backstage Visit to the Composer's Workshop, gives insight into his inspirations, influences and epiphanies.

Open Sessions
9:00 to 10:15 a.m.
• Artistic: Forging Beyond the Premiere
• Development: Online Fundraising
• Education: Innovation in Assessing and Evaluating Education Programs
• Finance/Administration: Relating to Unrelated Business Income: How to Generate New Revenue
• Marketing/PR: Rallying Support from Your Local Government and Community
• Technical/Production: Conflict Management in the Theater
• Trustee: Recruiting and Retaining Active Board Members
10:00 AM  

Roundtables
9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Roundtable II
• Artistic: Holistic Singer Training
• Development
• Education
• Finance/Administration: Managing the Multigenerational Workforce
• Marketing/PR
• Technical/Production: Costuming Today
• Trustees
• Level 1 General Directors
• Level 2 General Directors
• Level 3 General Directors
• Level 4 General Directors
• Associates: Grassroots Advocacy
10:30 AM  
Networking
11:00 AM  

General Session
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Banking on the Private Purse
The economic landscape is shifting dramatically as recovery begins to replace recession. Will new economic challenges, like inflation, start to exert pressure on our opera companies? Or will the recovery be sustainable and effect positive change? How will these outside forces influence individual, corporate and foundation giving? This session will provide the latest analysis of economic trends and their impact on donors and consumers.
Networking
11:30 AM  

General Session
10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Finding a Better Business Model
Research confirms that the price of producing opera increases annually at more than twice the rate of the Consumer Price Index. Rising ticket prices help to offset short-term costs, but inhibit long-term audience growth. New works, central to the vitality of opera, are so expensive that most opera companies can afford only an occasional premiere. The recent recession, which reduced the value of endowments and underscored a lack of working capital, gave rise to questions about the viability of our business model in its current form. This session will examine strategies to improve the current business model and explore potential alternative approaches to managing the opera enterprise.
Networking
12:00 PM  
Lunch

General Session
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The New and Unusual: Is it Opera?
Opera is thriving — in bars, subways and even swimming pools. New ensembles, many of them led by energetic and entrepreneurial artists, are springing up around the country performing new and unusual works with unconventional productions in outlandish venues. Established opera companies, too, are leaving the opera house to perform a variety of works in different locations to serve broader audiences. Creativity abounds, but is it opera? Do labels matter? Hear what leading producers and artists have to say about a subject that is never without controversy, and take away ideas about how you can play a role in defining the art form.
12:30 PM  
In Conversation
1:00 to 1:45 p.m.
In Conversation: Achim Freyer
Yuval Sharon, assistant director for the LA Opera Ring and project director of New York City Opera's Vox Showcase, interviews Achim Freyer, celebrated Austrian director, set designer, costume designer and painter, about his visionary take on Wagner's masterpiece.









Siegfried
Find out why critics are raving about LA Opera's production of The Ring, designed and directed by the visionary artist Achim Freyer and under the musical leadership of James Conlon, an acclaimed exponent of Wagnerian repertoire.

Currently, Ring-goers can only purchase tickets to the entire cycle. A limited number of colleague-priced tickets for the individual operas will be made available to Opera Conference attendees in the spring.
1:00 PM  
Lunch
1:30 PM  

Open Sessions
1:45 to 3:00 p.m.
• Artistic: Streamlining Artistic Operations
• Development: Major Gifts Trio
• Education: 21st Century Education Beyond Technology
• Finance/Administration: M&A, Strategic Cooperatives and Other Opportunities for Expansion
• Marketing/PR: Critics, Bloggers and the Changing Media Landscape
• Technical/Production: Training the Next Generation of Technicians and Production Administrators
• Trustee: Asking the Right Questions the Right Way
In Conversation
1:00 to 1:45 p.m.
In Conversation: Plácido Domingo
OPERA America President and CEO Marc A. Scorca will interview the renowned tenor as Mr. Domingo reflects on 40 years of opera in America and where he sees the field in the next 40 years. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.
Lunch
2:00 PM  

Open Sessions
1:30 to 2:45 p.m.
• Artistic: Rethinking Spectacle: Opera as Storytelling
• Development: Increasing Support from Subscribers, Ticket Buyers and Current Donors
• Education: Maximizing Resources in Your Community
• Finance/Administration: Using OPERA America to Identify Best Practices II
• Marketing/PR: Getting Inspired for National Opera Week
• Technical/Production: Tailoring Co-Productions to Fit Your Company
• Trustee: Managing Board Dynamics Through Financial Challenges
2:30 PM  
Networking
3:00 PM  
Networking
Co-Production Speed Dating & Wells Fargo smART Bar
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo smART Bar
Attendees will have the opportunity to receive one-on-one mini-consultations with experts from a variety of opera-related fields at the Wells Fargo SmART Bar. These consults will prove invaluable to attendees wishing to fine tune ideas in specialty areas, including fundraising, artistic production, marketing and more.

Prior registration required. Co-Production Speed Dating
Across North America, rental stock of the standard repertory is aging, highlighting the need for co-production relationships in the opera field. OPERA America has been asked to turn the spotlight onto increased co-production activity among its members. With this new charge, OPERA America returns to the purpose for which it was founded in 1970 — to facilitate co-production among charter members.

At this Opera Conference 2010 event, Professional Company Member representatives will court potential co-producers during a two-hour session. Six operas carefully selected from the standard repertory will be assigned 20-minute segments during which potential producers will discuss potential production collaborations of these works. OPERA America staff members will facilitate.

3:30 PM  
Annual Business Meeting & Roundtables
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Annual Business Meeting

Roundtable I
• Artistic
• Development
• Human Resources (Tessitura Roundtable with Anna Wessely: Stump the Professor!)
• Marketing/PR
• Technical/Production
• Trustees
• General Directors (Annual Business Meeting)
• Associates (Opera on Tap)
Closing Session
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
American Repertory Theater Artistic Director Diane Paulus is an award-winning director of opera and theater. Paulus has taught at Barnard College/Columbia University and the Yale School of Drama, and was recently appointed Professor of the Practice in Harvard University's English Department.
4:00 PM  
Conference Orientation
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The Opera Conference 2010 orientation is the unofficial stepping off point for new attendees and those wishing to make the most of their time in Los Angeles.
4:30 PM  
Networking
5:00 PM  
New Works Sampler
4:45 to 6:00 p.m.
Hosted by Joshua Winograde, hear members of LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program present excerpts from recently premiered and soon-to-premiere North American operas. Conference registrants must wear their Opera Conference name badges to guarantee free admission to the museum. A museum representative will be available to facilitate a brief, self-guided cell phone tour of MOCA at 4:00 p.m. before the New Works Sampler, for interested parties.
5:30 PM  
6:00 PM  
Host Company Reception
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Join the board and staff of LA Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a welcome reception to kick-off the 2010 Conference.






Long Beach Opera Excursion
Long Beach Opera Production of Ricky Ian Gordon's Orpheus and Euridice

Conference attendees will travel by coach to Long Beach for dinner overlooking the water at The Reef, followed by Long Beach Opera’s "notorious opera in a swimming pool." Elizabeth Futral and Grammy-nominated clarinetist Todd Palmer transform the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool into the River Styx for one of the most innovative and visionary production experiences.
  • Busses depart the OMNI at 6:00 p.m.
  • Dinner at The Reef at 7:00PM.
  • Orpheus and Euridice at 9:00 p.m.
  • Price: $85 per person (includes bus and dinner)






Götterdämmerung
Find out why critics are raving about LA Opera's production of The Ring, designed and directed by the visionary artist Achim Freyer and under the musical leadership of James Conlon, an acclaimed exponent of Wagnerian repertoire.

Currently, Ring-goers can only purchase tickets to the entire cycle. A limited number of colleague-priced tickets for the individual operas will be made available to Opera Conference attendees in the spring.
6:30 PM  






Die Walküre
Find out why critics are raving about LA Opera's production of The Ring, designed and directed by the visionary artist Achim Freyer and under the musical leadership of James Conlon, an acclaimed exponent of Wagnerian repertoire.

Currently, Ring-goers can only purchase tickets to the entire cycle. A limited number of colleague-priced tickets for the individual operas will be made available to Opera Conference attendees in the spring.
7:00 PM  




Anniversary Dinner
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Join us in celebrating the 40th Anniversary of OPERA America and the 20th Anniversary of Marc A. Scorca as President and CEO of the organization. Opera Conference attendees are invited to this special event marking both occasions at the City Club on Bunker Hill. The Club is perched high atop the Wells Fargo Center and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Downtown LA.
7:30 PM




Das Rheingold
Find out why critics are raving about LA Opera's production of The Ring, designed and directed by the visionary artist Achim Freyer and under the musical leadership of James Conlon, an acclaimed exponent of Wagnerian repertoire.

Currently, Ring-goers can only purchase tickets to the entire cycle. A limited number of colleague-priced tickets for the individual operas will be made available to Opera Conference attendees in the spring.
8:00 PM



Network Dinners
8:00 to 10:00 p.m.
OPERA America is pleased to offer network dinner tickets to Conference attendees at a 15% discount from last year. Network with your colleagues over dinner at one of four fabulous downtown Los Angeles restaurants, all within walking distance of the Conference hotels. Three-course dinner tickets are $35 per person and cash bars are available at all four locations.
8:30 PM
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Please note that dates and times are subject to change.
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