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Video Published: 25 Aug 2022

Opera Conference 2022 - Making a Case for Opera After Transformational Federal Support

Opera companies contribute to the health of the communities they serve. Beyond the powerful stories told by virtuosic artists, they offer educational and economic benefits and contribute to civic pride. Building awareness of these many benefits is essential to winning support from government agencies, institutional donors, and individual patrons. Panelists will discuss strategies for positioning opera as a valuable public service.

  • Dayna Frank, President & CEO, First Avenue Productions
  • Diedre Henry-Spires, Senior Advisor for COVID Programs, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Ben Krywosz, Artistic Director, Nautilus Music-Theater
  • Vanessa Rose, President & CEO, American Composers Forum
  • Tony Shivers, Director of Government Affairs, OPERA America
  • Reed W. Smith, General Director, Anchorage Opera
  • Ross Willits, Managing Director, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts  

Originally presented at Opera Conference 2022 in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 21, 2022