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Video Published: 25 Aug 2022

Opera Conference 2022 - Dismantling Opera's Elitism

Many standard practices at opera companies — in production, fundraising, marketing, and community programming — reinforce inherited elitism. These habitual practices may drive revenue, but they create barriers to participation by new audiences, artists, staff, and donors. In this session, we will discuss ways opera companies can dismantle these barriers, and engage in new approaches that awaken our potential as engaged cultural citizens dedicated to economic, social, and racial justice. 

  • Eric Broker, Marketing and Communications Director, Minnesota Opera
  • Greg Cunningham, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, U.S. Bank
  • Carlos García León, Individual Giving Manager, Cincinnati Opera
  • Laura Kaminsky, Composer
  • Lauren Medici, Director of Engagement Programs, Opera Omaha
  • Nadege Souvenir, Board Chair, Minnesota Opera 

Originally presented at Opera Conference 2022 in Minneapolis on Thursday, May 19, 2022

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