annual conference
About Opera Conference
  • OPERA America's annual conference is the premier gathering of opera professionals in North America.
  • Gain insight and ideas from within and outside the opera field.
  • Build your network to advance your career.
  • Foster organizational partnerships.
  • Discover what opera companies are doing to advance the art form.
  • Learn practical skills that will enhance your contribution to the field.
  • Reconnect with your colleagues.
The opera conference attracts more than 500 attendees, including opera company general directors, staff members, trustees and volunteers, as well as artists and other industry professionals. Each year, OPERA America partners with a host opera company in a different city to offer nearly 100 events over five days. The conference offers inspiring general plenary sessions, informative breakout sessions, exciting performances and abundant networking opportunities.

Join us in St. Louis, MO, June 20–23, 2018

Sponsors & exhibitors
Opera Conference 2018 offers exceptional access to the largest concentration of opera professionals and decision-makers in North America. Conference sponsors and exhibitors will reach an anticipated 500+ general directors, administrators, trustees, donors, volunteers and artists this year in St. Louis. As a conference sponsor, you’ll:
  • Reach key industry decision-makers
  • Showcase your product or service and build brand awareness
  • Network with existing and prospective customers
  • Demonstrate your leadership to the field
  • Gain new insight into the opera industry by attending conference sessions
In their words
By the end of the conference, you're on fire for work again; if what we do in the opera world is about inspiring our audiences, the conference does the same to inspire us.
- Rhanda Luna, administrative and development coordinator, OPERA San Antonio
It feels good to be surrounded by people who are fueled by the same passion, and who are not just dreamers, but doers.
- Sarah Lawrence, general artistic director, Lyric Opera of the North

Conference Locations
2018 St. Louis, MO
2017 Dallas, TX
Creating Collaborative Change
2016 Montréal, Canada
Global Strategies, Local Actions
2015 Washington, DC
Increasing Civic Impact
2014 San Francisco, CA
Audiences Reimagined
2013 Vancouver, BC
Opera Out of Bounds
2012 Philadelphia, PA
Creative Resurgence
2011 Boston, MA
Opera Entrepreneurship: Building on Tradition
2010 Los Angeles, CA
New Realities | New Strategies
2009 Houston, TX
Making Opera Matter
2008 Denver, CO
Taking Action Together
2007 Miami, FL
Opera of the Americas
2006 Seattle, WA
2005 Detroit, MI
Diverse Voices
2004 Pittsburgh, PA
Taking Opera to the Next Stage
2003 Saint Louis, MO
Spirit of Discovery
2002 Toronto, ON
Opera Rally: Unite, Organize, Advance
2001 Atlanta, GA
2000 Houston, TX
1999 Vancouver, BC
1998 Minneapolis, MN
1997 Philadelphia, PA
1996 Los Angeles, CA
1995 Washington, D.C.
1994 Seattle, WA
1993 Miami Beach, FL
1992 San Diego, CA
1991 Chicago, IL
1990 Washington, D.C.
1989 San Francisco, CA
1988 Houston, TX
1987 Dallas, TX
1986 Miami, FL
1985 Miami Beach, FL
1984 Washington, D.C.
1983 New York, NY
1982 Toronto, ON
1981 San Francisco, CA

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All OPERA America facilities are handicapped accessible. The National Opera Center features ground-level entry with elevators to the venue. All spaces are wheelchair accessible, and modular seating can be arranged to accommodate wheelchair users for all programs and performances. Handicapped accessible restrooms are available on all floors.
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