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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
Opening Session and Keynote Address
Keynote Speaker: Nicholas Negroponte, Founder, MIT Media Lab; Anthony Freud, Houston Grand Opera; Lesley Koenig, Opera Boston; Esther Nelson, Boston Lyric Opera; Marc A. Scorca, OPERA America

Think Like a Startup
Stan Davis, author and futurist; David Devan, Opera Company of Philadelphia; Gregory Swinehart, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services

Can startup thinking — lean, flexible, daring — help bring renewed vigor to the opera enterprise? Is the artist-driven model helping to reshape the future of opera? Opera Conference 2011, set in one of the most culturally adventurous American cities, brings together traditional and non-traditional companies and artists to discuss the benefits of risk-taking and entrepreneurial thinking. Join the visionary author and commentator Stan Davis as he talks about how the business of performing arts could look in the future.
Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase
Hosted by Diane Wondisford, Producing Director, Music-Theatre Group

The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase is a bi-annual program offered as part of OPERA America’s continuing effort to foster promising opera artists. Working from a diverse list of American operas, emerging director-designer teams were asked to submit a production proposal including narrative, research images and/or design sketches. Finalists, below, received a stipend to create more complete renderings and models for their concept.

  • Arjuna’s Dilemma — Director and Set Designer: Gian Marco Lo Forte, Costume Designer: Angela Wendt, Lighting Designer: Rocco D’Santi, Choreographer: Philip Montana, Mask Design & Puppets: Jane Catherine Shaw, Art: Mark Tambella
  • Dead Man Walking — Director: Justin Johnson, Set Designer: Damon Pelletier, Costume Designer: Haley Lieberman
  • A Flowering Tree — Director: Austin McCormick, Set and Costume Designer: Zane Pihlstrom, Lighting Designer: Gina Scherr, Choreographer: Hari Krishnan
  • Hydrogen Jukebox — Director: Rafael Gallegos, Set and Lighting Designer: Brett J. Banakis, Costume Designer: Sydney Maresca
Here to Stay: Capitalizing on Digital Transmission Technology
Patrick Dewane, Vice President of Advancement, Minnesota Opera (moderator); Jessica Koplos, Director of Electronic Media, San Francisco Opera; Kevin Patterson, General Director, Austin Lyric Opera; Barry Rebo, Managing Partner, Emerging Pictures; Kelly Rinne, Vice President of Production, Multimedia/Web Development, SoundQue; David Starkey, General & Artistic Director, Asheville Lyric Opera

Opera companies can use transmissions to beam out their own works, or bring in the artistry of others. Either way, the technology can serve to raise opera’s public profile, broaden the artistic spectrum for audiences and provide a new revenue source to companies of all sizes. Could your company become a portal for transmissions of American or European productions? Could you benefit from a cost-effective community or inter-city partnership that would take full advantage of this technology?

Fall 2014 Magazine Issue
  • Are Women Different?
  • Preparing for Klinghoffer
  • Emerging Artists: Act One

Contact Us
330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001
P 212-796-8620 • F 212-796-8621
From Airport:
The easiest way to reach the OPERA America offices is to get a cab at the airport. Cost is $40-45
(not including tip).
  • JFK - Take the AirTrain ($5 - approx. 15 minutes) to the Jamaica Street Station and transfer to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Take the LIRR to Penn Station ($12 - approx. 35 minutes). See Penn Station directions below.
  • LaGuardia - Take the M60 Bus to the Hoyt Ave/31st Street. Get on the or Train and take that to 42nd/Times Square Station. Follow the Times Square Station directions below.
  • Newark - Take the New Jersey Transit train to Penn Station ($15 - approx. 45 min). See the Penn Station Directions below.

From Penn Station/Madison Square Garden:
Leave the station through the 7th Avenue/33rd Street exit and walk south for four blocks. The building is on
the right hand side.

From Grand Central Station:
Take the Train to the 42nd/Times Square station and transfer to the Train.
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

From 42nd Street/Times Square:
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

For more detailed directions, most up-to-date pricing or to specify a different starting location, please visit the
MTA Web site.