Program

Racial Justice Opera Network

OPERA America’s Racial Justice Opera Network is an action group of opera stakeholders from all sectors of the field who are committed to enriching our art form and industry by seeking racial equity.

The Racial Justice Opera Network is a coalition of BIPOC and white antiracist members working to dismantle racism in opera by actively changing policies and practices that perpetuate the oppression of Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color.

It aims to:

  • Encourage collaboration, resource-sharing, and opportunities to support a more racially equitable field.
  • Affirm the voices of those who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx/Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian, Arab, Middle Eastern, North African, and/or people of color in the opera field through networking and relationship-building.
  • Create spaces for dialogue, learning, collective action, and support for people of color.

The Racial Justice Opera Network was formerly known as the ALAANA Opera Network.

Get Involved

Participation in the Racial Justice Opera Network is open to anyone affiliated with the opera industry and supportive of the Network’s goals. You can get involved by requesting to join the Facebook group.

RJON Facebook Group 

For additional information, contact us at Membership@operaamerica.org or 646.699.5248.

Upcoming Events

The Racial Justice Opera Network convenes at the annual Opera Conference and promotes discourse throughout the year through conference calls and an active private Facebook group.

There are no scheduled events at this time.

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Racial Justice Opera Network Steering Committee

Kristal Pacific
Director of Social Equity and Grantmaking, OPERA America

Alejandra Valarino Boyer
Director of Programs and Partnerships, Seattle Opera

Randall Eng
Composer, NYU Faculty

Theresa Ruth Howard
Artist, Writer, and Consultant

Briana Elyse Hunter
Mezzo-Soprano

Jessica Jahn
Costumer Designer

Quodesia Johnson
Education and Company Culture Manager, The Dallas Opera

Anh Le
Director of Marketing and Communications, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

David Lomelí
Director of Artistic Administration, The Dallas Opera

Chevalier Lovett
Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Organize Florida
Board Member, Opera Orlando

Brandon Neal
Associate Producer, Office of the President, The Juilliard School

Kristian Roberts
Director of Education, The Dallas Opera

Kamala Sankaram
Composer

Tracy L. Wilson
Director of Community Relations, Cincinnati Opera

Parisa Zaeri
Conductor, Coach, and Collaborative Pianist