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Article Published: 01 Jan 2020

The Field: At a Glance 2018–2019

Across the United States and Canada, opera is a vital part of communities of all sizes. Opera companies large and small are deeply rooted in their cities, strengthening their communities by forging partnerships that bridge economic, social and cultural divides, and create positive change.

Entrepreneurial artists and innovative leaders are expanding the definition of opera, the opera audience and the audience experience.

More singers, composers, librettists, directors, designers and other artists are entering the opera field than ever before. From an increasingly wide range of backgrounds, these artists are infusing the art form with a diversity of stories, perspectives and artistic styles never seen before

This data is extrapolated for OPERA America's full Professional Company Membership from the FY2018 Professional Opera Survey and the Schedule of Performances.

"The Field: At a Glance" was published in the 2019 Annual Field Report, a comprehensive study of the field's financial health.