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.
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.
For additional information, contact us at Membership@operaamerica.org or 646.699.5248.
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.
Racial Justice Opera Forum
Online | February 1–5, 2022
The Racial Justice Opera Forum brings the opera field together for carefully curated experiences over five days. Each day will provide opportunities to engage in resources, deeper learning, and practical application for enacting racial justice.
The forum is free to all OPERA America members. Non-members can participate by joining OPERA America as a $75 Individual Member.
OPERA America on Racial Justice
OPERA America Programs
Racial Justice Opera Network Steering Committee
Interim Social Justice Advisor, OPERA America; Education & Company Culture Manager, The Dallas Opera
Alejandra Valarino Boyer
Director of Programs and Partnerships, Seattle Opera
Composer, NYU Faculty
Theresa Ruth Howard
Artist, Writer, and Consultant
Briana Elyse Hunter
Director of Marketing and Communications, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Chief Artistic Officer, Santa Fe Opera
Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Organize Florida
Board Member, Opera Orlando
Associate Producer, Office of the President, The Juilliard School
Director of Education, The Dallas Opera
Tracy L. Wilson
Director of Community Relations, Cincinnati Opera
Conductor, Coach, and Collaborative Pianist