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Press Released: 26 Oct 2018

OPERA America Announces 10th Annual National Opera Week 2018

October 26 – November 4

Ryan Speedo Green, Honorary Chair, Encourages Everyone to Experience Opera

Opera Advocacy Day 2018: Thursday, November 1

Opera companies, schools and organizations across North America will celebrate the 10th annual National Opera Week (operaamerica.org/OperaWeek) from Friday, October 26 through Sunday, November 4, 2018, by hosting nearly 150 events in their communities, fueling social media conversations and posting video messages. Part of National Opera Week for the third year, Opera Advocacy Day (November 1) empowers individuals to encourage legislation that supports the arts. National Opera Week and Opera Advocacy Day are coordinated by OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation’s leading champion for American opera.

OPERA America is delighted to announce that renowned bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green is serving as the Honorary Chair of National Opera Week 2018, encouraging audiences to explore opera. “It’s such an amazing honor to be part of this special week because, for me, opera is the quintessential art form,” says Green. “When I went to my first opera at 15, I jumped through a door without knowing where it would lead. But when I got through that door, I was introduced to a world of complete majesty and beauty and history.”

Green welcomes audiences to National Opera Week in a video message, viewable at operaamerica.org/OperaWeek and on the organization’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/OPERAAmerica).

National Opera Week celebrates the vibrancy of opera in America today and conveys the excitement and importance of opera to a national and international audience. The strength and diversity of established opera companies, community opera ensembles, opera training programs and individual opera artists across North America will be on display through a wide array of activities.

This year’s Opera Week features an increased emphasis on social media, with an aim of broadening participation. Artists, opera staff and opera lovers are all invited to post video messages and lead social media conversations about the importance of opera in their lives. United behind the hashtag #OperaWeek, the opera community will demonstrate the excitement associated with this multimedia art form. Participants are also invited to apply a temporary Opera Week frame to their Facebook profile photos.
In-person events remain a valuable part of Opera Week, as well. This year, activities range from performances, family activities and lectures, to social events, behind-the-scenes tours and listening parties.

“Opera is thriving across the United States and Canada,” stated OPERA America President/CEO Marc A. Scorca. “Cities large and small are home to vibrant opera organizations that serve the public inside the opera house with resonant productions and in the community with meaningful relationships, performances in alternative venues, events for families and inspiring introductions to the magic of the art form. National Opera Week demonstrates and celebrates the diversity of our art form today.”

On Thursday, November 1, Opera Advocacy Day provides an opportunity for individuals who work in or love opera to urge federal, state and local lawmakers to support arts education, the cultural agencies and other policies and legislation that sustain opera and the performing arts. Facts, talking points and other resources are available on the National Opera Week website (operaamerica.org/OperaWeek) and through the Performing Arts Alliance (theperformingartsalliance.org), of which OPERA America is a founding member.

“Nothing makes a bigger difference than when policymakers hear from their constituents,” stated Brandon Gryde, director of government affairs at OPERA America. “Whether the issue being advocated for is arts education in our schools, visa processing for foreign guest artists or tax policies for nonprofits, change won’t happen if we don’t raise our voices. Opera Advocacy Day is a great opportunity for opera leaders, artists and lovers of the art form to share how opera and the performing arts make our communities healthier and more vibrant.”

Descriptions of select National Opera Week activities and lists of participating organizations and event locations may be found below.

Join the National Opera Week conversation on social media with #OperaWeek.

Select Activities

Boston Lyric Opera | Why Do the Arts Matter to You? (October 26)
BLO will ask its followers and staff to share why the arts matter to them and will then share pictures and videos using the hashtags #OperaWeek and #ArtsMatter. (online)

Opera Columbus | The Voice of Freedom (October 26)
This event introduces audiences to the operatic art form by celebrating African-American cultural history through song, including spirituals, gospel and works from the Harlem Renaissance.

Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts | OperaFest XI (October 27)
This two-day annual festival features CCPA graduate students performing opera at venues throughout the university. (Chicago, IL)

The Atlanta Opera | Belting on the BeltLine: Our Path to Healing (October 27)
This immersive performance and procession, which takes place on trails surrounding a civil rights exhibit, features narration from historian Karcheik Sims-Alvarado and musical performances from sopranos Jamye Alilaw and Minka Wiltz. (Atlanta, GA)

Minnesota Opera | Silent Night: A Soldier's Humanity and the Impact of WWI (October 29)
This free event includes a panel discussion exploring the intersection of art, war and humanity in the opera Silent Night. (Minneapolis, MN)

Opera Omaha | OPERAtion Storytime (October 29)
Presented in collaboration with the Omaha Public Library, this event introduces opera to the youngest audiences with a story time featuring an opera-themed book, as well as opera/vocal activities with an Opera Omaha Holland Community Artist Fellow. (Omaha, NE)

Virginia Opera | Student Night at the Opera (October 31 and November 2)
Virginia Opera welcomes student groups to the Harrison Opera House to enjoy final rehearsals of its operas. The October 31 date features not only fantastic opera, but also candy, costume prizes and unique selfie stations. (Norfolk, VA)

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers | Six Centuries of Opera and Media Technology in New York (November 1)
Mark Schubin will host this webcast examining the evolution of media and opera technologies in New York. (online)

Activities in 34 States, Districts & Provinces
British Columbia
District of Columbia
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
South Carolina

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Additional activities take place online.
163 National Opera Week Partners

ABC Bel Canto Choir

Diane Adamson-Brdar

Alabama School of the Arts

Anchorage Opera

Annapolis Opera

Arizona Opera

Arizona State University Kerr Cultural Center

Ars Nova Chamber Musicians

Atelier Ballet

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

The Atlanta Opera

Austin Opera

Austin Shakespeare

Baruch Performing Arts Center


Body Glyphix Holistic Studio

Boston Lyric Opera

Buffalo Choral Arts Society

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

The Buffalo State Chorale

Buffalo State Music Department

Canadian Opera Company


Capitol City Opera Company

Celebrate Opera Day in Niagara Falls

Celebrate Opera WNY

Center for Contemporary Opera

Chautauqua Youth Chorale

Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra

Chicago College of the Performing Arts

Cincinnati Opera

Choir of the Theatre of Early Music

Chorus of the University of Toronto Schola Cantorum


Steven Daigle, stage director

The Dallas Opera

The Directors Company

Discover Jersey Arts

The Drama League

Eastman Opera Theatre, Eastman School of Music

Edgewood Primary School

Edmonton Opera

Embracing Our Differences

The Erwin H. Johnson Memorial Fund Inc.

Experiments in Opera

Suzanne Fatta

The Flea Theater

Florentine Opera

Florida Grand Opera

Fort Worth Opera

Friends of Vienna

G. Schirmer Inc.

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska

Ryan Speedo Green

Hartford Opera Theater

Heartbeat Opera

HERE Arts Center

Houston Grand Opera

Howard University Opera Theater

Hungarian National Ballet of Budapest

Hungarian State Opera

Hyde Park Village

Indianapolis Opera

Zachary James

Knoxville Opera

LA Opera

Long Beach Opera

Timothy Long, conductor

Louisiana State University

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Madison Opera

Marble City Opera

Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at the West Side YMCA

The Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera Guild

Millard Branch, Omaha Public Library

Milton R. Abrahams Branch, Omaha Public Library

Minnesota Opera


Robert Moran

Music Academy of Western New York

Muskoka Opera Festival Committee

The My Parsifal Conductor Team

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Naxos of America

Nebraska Medicine Healing Arts Program

New Camerata Opera

New Georges

New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera

New York Dramatic Voices

New York Metropolitan Encores

New York Opera Alliance

Occidental College Glee Club

OPERA America

Opera at USC

Opera Atelier

Opera Birmingham

Opera Bracelets

Opera Colorado

Opera Columbus

Opera Grand Rapids

Opera Idaho

Opera Lafayette

Opera Memphis

Opera Omaha

Opera on Tap NYC

Opera Orlando

Opera Pomme Rouge

Opera Southwest

Opera Tampa

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Opera Volunteers International

OperaBuffs of WNY

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

Pacific Opera Project

Pacific Opera Victoria

Palm Beach Opera

Pensacola Opera

Rachel J. Peters

Petite Violette Restaurant

Piedmont Opera

Pittsburgh Opera

Portland Opera

Regina Opera Company

Ellen Reid

Reimagining Opera for Kids (ROK)

Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Roosevelt University

Saddlebrook Branch, Omaha Public Library

San Diego Opera

San Francisco Opera

The Santa Fe Opera

Santa Fe Public Library, Southside Branch

Sarasota Opera

Sarasota Youth Opera

Mark Schubin

Seattle Opera

Shea's Performing Arts Center

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, New York

St. Luke's Episcopal Church (Birmingham)

Sarah Stephens

Stephens Nicolson Artists Management LLC

Straz Center

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

The Theatre at Ace Hotel


Tri-Cities Opera

Turner-Fischer Center for Opera at LSU

University of Delaware

University of Delaware Chamber Orchestra

University of Minnesota School of Music

University of Mobile

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Vancouver Opera

Virginia Opera

Vortex Theatre

Washington Concert Opera

Washington Parks & People

Willa Cather Branch, Omaha Public Library

Yogini Rose

Young Voices of The Santa Fe Opera

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