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Article Published: 22 Jan 2024

The Field at a Glance in 2022

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. Singers, composers, librettists, directors, designers, and other artists are infusing the art form with a diversity of stories, perspectives, and artistic styles never seen before.

OPERA America Membership

View an interactive map of the OPERA America membership.

Economic Impact
Performance Activity: 2021–2022 Season

Data is from the FY2022 Professional Opera Survey, extrapolating for OPERA America's full Professional Company Membership and the most up-to-date information from OPERA America's Performance Database.

* Administrators include full-time, part-time, and contract positions.

** For the purposes of this report, marketing expenses are included in program expenses.

*** The high level of government support in 2022 reflects the influx of pandemic relief through the federal PPP, ERTC, and SVOG programs. Pre-pandemic, government support accounted for less than 5% of all revenue.

"The Field: At a Glance" was published in the 2023 Annual Field Report, a comprehensive study of the field's financial health.