Announcing Denyce Graves,
2017 Honorary Chair!

Friday, October 27 – Sunday, November 5

Join us in celebrating opera and showcasing our diverse industry! Be a part of National Opera Week — the premier opportunity for the opera field to connect with both new and existing audiences through engaging activities and concentrated, field-wide messaging.

Opera companies, organizations and individuals are encouraged to participate in National Opera Week by offering public programming, by stimulating conversations about opera in their communities and on social media, and by making announcements about their year-round impact. You can also take part by participating in Opera Advocacy Day (Wednesday, November 1) and raise your voice in support of our art form.

New This Year: Local Opera Week Chairs!

Amplify your impact by engaging a hometown celebrity to serve as your city’s own Local Opera Week Chair! Invite your Local Chair to be an advocate for opera, your community and your organization by leveraging his or her unique voice with a welcome video and media appearances. With Local Chairs throughout North America, we will demonstrate the strength of opera in our communities and celebrate the diversity of opera lovers.

OPERA America will promote the best videos, so take advantage of this chance to focus attention on both your organization and our art form.

Now is the time to identify your Local Chair candidates. Consider those who have an engaging or fun personality, love opera, are known in your community and have an interesting story to tell. Think about unusual or unexpected candidates who will draw attention, such a local sportscaster, celebrity chef, mayor or prominent business owner.

To help in your Local Chair requests, OPERA America can provide National Opera Week talking points and other guidance. Contact Patricia K. Johnson at for further information and to let us know whom you have selected!

See the National Opera Week guide below for tips on creating your Local Chair welcome video.

How to Participate

Whether you’re looking to host an event, engage a local Opera Week chair or create a social media campaign, now is the time to plan. We’ve created a comprehensive guide to help you get started.

View the National Opera Week Guide.

Once you have your event ready, make sure you fill out the event submission form (available shortly on this web page) so we can list your event for everyone to see! To help you gather the necessary information, use this planning worksheet as a guide.

If you have questions about participating in National Opera Week, e-mail

Download the National Opera Week 2017 logo files.

2017 National Opera Week Events
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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 will provide updated talking points and information sheets to help you learn about the issues that affect our art form and ways you can take action in 2017.

Read more about:
  • Participating in Opera Advocacy Day (PDF)
  • Artists as Advocates (PDF)
  • Engaging Audiences (PDF)
  • Arts Education Advocacy (PDF)
  • Every Student Succeeds Act Report (PDF)

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