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Article Published: 07 Jul 2023

A Statement from OPERA America

OPERA America remains firm in honoring and advocating for the dignity of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and women artists, administrators, and audiences of opera. Recent rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court undermine the dignity and freedom of many people in the opera field.

Affirming our humanity and prioritizing the people of opera is not optional. We began focusing the attention of the opera sector for the past year on the human dimension of opera, notably on the needs of artists and arts workers. At our annual conference in May, we called on our members to ensure that everyone in opera is supported to achieve their best in safe and respectful workplaces. We called on them, too, to make sure their programming reflects the fullness, complexity, and diversity of the human experience.
In light of the Supreme Court’s rulings, this work is more important than ever. The art form and the industry gain from an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We have much work to do, and we will continue working together to ensure a field that represents and strengthens our communities and country.