Women's Opera Network

OPERA America’s Women’s Opera Network (WON) is an action group of opera stakeholders from all sectors of the field dedicated to advancing gender equity in the industry.

Women represent more than half of the national population, yet the percentage of women in leadership roles within the field of opera is comparatively small. Founded in 2015, the Women’s Opera Network works to:

  • Increase awareness of and discussion about gender parity in the field.
  • Create action plans to promote the advancement of talented women.
  • Become a source of support for emerging female professionals.
Get Involved

Participation in the Women’s 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 or listserv.

WON Facebook Group   WON Listserv

For additional information, contact us at or 646.699.5248.

Upcoming Events

The Women’s Opera Network convenes at the annual Opera Conference and promotes discourse throughout the year through conference calls, regional meetings, listserv communications, and an active private Facebook group.

There are no scheduled events at this time.

OPERA America Programs

Pairing the field’s most promising female professionals with opera leaders to support their career goals.
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Women's Opera Network Steering Committee

Laura Lee Everett, Co-Chair
Chief Programs Officer, OPERA America

Nicole Ambos Freber, Co-Chair
Managing Director of Advancement, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Cheryl Hickman, Co-Chair
General and Artistic Director, Opera on the Avalon

Karen Slack, Co-Chair
Soprano; Artistic Advisor, Portland Opera

Stacy Brightman
Executive Director, The Ebell of Los Angeles

Alejandra Valarino Boyer
Director of Programs and Partnerships, Seattle Opera

Clare Burovac
General Director, New Orleans Opera

Annie Burridge
General Director, Austin Opera

Ana De Archuleta
Director of Artistic Operations, National Sawdust; President and Founder, A.D.A. Artist Management

Carol E. Domina
Trustee, Opera Omaha
Managing Director, Metropolitan Opera

Peggy Kriha Dye
General Director and CEO, Virginia Opera

Jessica Jahn
Costume Designer

Barbara Lynne Jamison
General Director, Kentucky Opera

Laura Kaminsky

Ashley Magnus
General Director, Chicago Opera Theater

Kristine McIntyre
Stage Director

Karen Quisenberry
Vice President, Production, Minnesota Opera

Jeri Sedlar
National Opera Center Facilities Board, OPERA America

Kathryn Smith
General Director, Madison Opera

Talise Trevigne

Francesca Zambello, Advisor
Artistic Director, Washington National Opera; Artistic and General Director, The Glimmerglass Festival