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Article Published: 03 Feb 2021

The Field: At a Glance in 2020

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.

View an interactive map of the OPERA America membership.

Data is from the FY2019 Professional Opera Survey, extrapolating for OPERA America’s full Professional Company Membership, and the most up-to-date information from OA's Performance Database.

"The Field: At a Glance" was published in the 2020 Annual Field Report, a comprehensive study of the field's financial health.