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Article Published: 11 Oct 2021

From Opera Conference 2021

The 2021 conference, held virtually in May, brought administrators, artists, and trustees together to address key opportunities for the field as it rebuilds.

Why Artists Must Be at the Center

“[Artists can be] fierce advocates for the art around the [board] table — to preserve the very thing that inspired board members to support opera in the first place. They can remind us of the intrinsic value of our work and make sure it’s at the very core of everything we do.”

LARRY BROWNLEE | Tenor; Board Member and Artistic Advisor, Opera Philadelphia

Why Companies Must Be Community Leaders

“ For Aristotle, humans are fundamentally social; we will develop our capacities and flourish only if we are responsible to those around us… Aristotle’s views can be taken to imply that the health and well-being of every single one of us is dependent on our community, and that the health of our community is dependent on us.”

CHRISTIA MERCER | Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University

Watch the full conference discussions.

This article was published in the Fall/Winter 2021 issue of Across the Board, a publication of OPERA America for opera company trustees.