Backstage Brunch 2022
A virtual salon and fundraiser in support of OPERA America’s Mentorship Program for Women Administrators
Saturday, April 9, 2022
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET
Presented Live on Zoom
Artistic Director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
PERFORMANCES OF NEW WORK
Johanny Navarro & Tamar-kali
Composers; OPERA America Grant Recipients
Networking Hangouts (optional)
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
Donations to the Backstage Brunch support the protégés and mentors of the 2022 Mentorship Program for Women Administrators.
All tickets and contributions are 100% tax-deductible.
Chaired by Generous Women in Communities Across North America
- Nancy Barton, New York City Chair
- Sue Bienkowski, Long Beach Chair
- Jessica Burton, Columbus Chair
- Kristina Flanagan, Santa Fe Chair
- Laura Kaminsky, New York City Chair
- Gloria Portela, Houston Chair
- Karen Ritz, Denver Chair
- Jeri Sedlar, Sarasota Chair
- Rhonda Sweeney, Houston Chair
- Shoshana Tancer, Phoenix Chair
- Elisabeth J. Waltz, Austin Chair
Are you interested in serving as a regional chair in your community? Learn more.
Empowering Women in Opera
OPERA America’s Mentorship Program for Women Administrators promotes the advancement of women into leadership positions across the field. Established in 2018 with support from the inaugural Backstage Brunch, the program responded to an unfortunate reality: Women are underrepresented in opera’s top positions, especially in larger companies.
The Mentorship Program pairs the field’s most promising women professionals with accomplished opera leaders who can support these protégés in achieving their career goals. Overseen by the Women’s Opera Network, an action group of opera stakeholders dedicated to advancing gender parity, each protégé-mentor pair works together over twelve months, with an orientation meeting at the mentor’s home company and coaching throughout the year. Mentors guide protégés in identifying and overcoming barriers to their achievement.
Special Thanks to the Sponsors of the 2022 Backstage Brunch
Angel - $5,000
Jacqueline Badger Mars
Benefactor - $1,000
Elisabeth J. Waltz
Contributor - $500
Supporter - $250
Ana De Archuleta
Joan S. Faber
Deborah Sandler Kemper
Marc A. Scorca
Dannehl M. Twomey
Eden McNabb Bishop
Backstage Brunch Photos: 2016-2020
Formerly held in-person at our National Opera Center in New York City.