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Video Published: 09 Sep 2021

Artists at the Center: Panel Discussion

Some of the most stunning performance innovations during the pandemic were conceived, produced, and distributed by artists working independently. They displayed technical and entrepreneurial skills and compelling artistic visions. Their leadership and success challenge the inherited assumption that opera companies are the artistic gatekeepers of the art form. Some companies had begun to increase the agency of artists before the onset of COVID-19, but more companies are now developing strategies that put artists at the center of their work. Artists and producers will discuss the dynamics and potential of rebalanced relationships.


Ed Yim (moderator), senior vice president and chief content officer, WQXR
Lawrence Brownlee, tenor; artistic advisor, Opera Philadelphia
Willo Carey, board member, Opera Philadelphia
Elizabeth Cline, executive director, The Industry
Patricia Garza, director of programs and engagement, Network of Ensemble Theaters
Yuval Sharon, artistic director, The Industry and Michigan Opera Theatre
Godfrey L. Simmons Jr., artistic director, HartBeat Ensemble
Karen Slack, soprano; artistic advisor, Portland Opera
James Wilson, cellist, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Opera Conference 2021 is sponsored by Marquee TV, Threshold Acoustics, Fisher Dachs Associates, Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates, and Schuler Shook.