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Video Published: 15 Jun 2019

Opera Conference 2019: Deepening Civic Practice

Opera has the potential to enrich lives and strengthen communities as people with different experiences overcome the isolation of technology and gather together to explore the emotions and insights of shared human stories. The civic fabric can be strengthened further when opera companies establish strong, long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with partners to bridge divisions and address shared priorities. Sessions in this cluster will demonstrate the power of authentic connections to shape the art form, strengthen our companies and improve the cities we serve.


Jane Chu, Former Chair, National Endowment for the Arts
Mark Valdez, Consultant, ArtsValdez
Carlos Hernandez, Executive Director, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
Cayenne Harris, Vice President of Lyric Unlimited, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Melissa Ngan, Founding Flutist and Executive Director, Fifth House Ensemble
Gwyn Williams, Program Director, Collective For Youth
Lauren Medici, Director of Engagement Programs, Opera Omaha
Timothy O’Leary, General Director, Washington National Opera