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Article Published: 15 Sep 2018

At Opera Conference 2018: The Big Topics

  • Composer John Adams opened the conference with an impassioned keynote address in which he called on the field to embrace “a genuine musical and dramatic revolution.”
  • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’s former general director, Timothy O’Leary, joined a panel of leading thinkers from the St.Louis area to identify and dismantle patterns of racism that affect the opera ecosystem.
  • In an all-conference roundtable, Adrienne Davis, an OTSL board member and law professor at Washington University, laid out successful policies and procedures to curb sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • Tim Powers, director of sales and marketing at the Four Seasons St. Louis, shared insight into the hotel hospitality model and the ways various opera companies are adopting it with their audiences.

This article was published in the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of Across the Board, a publication of OPERA America for opera company trustees.