Press Released: 09 Jun 2011

OPERA America Launches New Career Guide for Opera

Multi-faceted online resource provides wealth of information for emerging professionals

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new online resource: the Career Guide for Opera. This new database, available on the OPERA America website, provides invaluable career guidance and information for emerging opera professionals, including artists, administrators and technical/production staff.

The Career Guide for Opera features over 1,000 career listings and indispensable details about producing organizations, training programs, universities, conservatories, competitions, grants, artist managers and publishers. Records are regularly added and updated, ensuring timely and accurate information. New podcasts, videos and articles are continually added to the already extensive archive, consisting of hundreds of items on topics including artist management, auditions, business advice, fundraising, marketing, new works, technical/production and training. Among the experts sharing their knowledge through these resources are John Conklin, designer; Dianne Debicella, program director, fiscal sponsorship, Fractured Atlas; Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano; Ricky Ian Gordon, composer; Gayletha Nichols, director of National Council Auditions, Metropolitan Opera; Bill Palant, vice president, IMG Artists; Roger Pines, dramaturg, Lyric Opera of Chicago; Darren K. Woods, general director, Fort Worth Opera; and Francesca Zambello, general and artistic director, The Glimmerglass Festival, among many others.

“The Career Guide for Opera provides information that is essential for emerging opera professionals, but has never before been available from a single authoritative and accessible source,” stated Marc A. Scorca, president and CEO of OPERA America. “OPERA America is in a position to collect, maintain and distribute a great deal of constructive information from our own programs and through the tremendous opportunities provided by our member organizations across the U.S. and Canada.”

The multimedia Career Guide archive contains a deep and broad array of resources for the emerging opera professional, such as “An Evening with Designer John Conklin” (video), “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Outreach Artists” (article), “Fundraising for Independent Artists” (podcast) and “A Composer’s Cohorts: Secrets of Collaboration” (article).

The listings in the Career Guide for Opera feature contact information, performance histories, background information, and application and audition procedures on over 1,000 opera companies, artist managers, conservatories and more. Additional essential resources, including a sample cover letter and resume, the Singer’s Self Inventory analysis, costume measurement form and Role Preparation Primer can all be accessed through the Career Guide.

The Career Guide for Opera is a benefit of OPERA America membership, which starts at just $30. Visit www.operaamerica.org/membership for more information.

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