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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

Nataki Garrett
Artistic Director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival 

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.

The 2022 Backstage Brunch will support the next cohort of protégé-mentor pairs, while highlighting stories of female empowerment and advocacy by leading women in opera.

Special Thanks to the Sponsors of the 2022 Backstage Brunch

Angel - $5,000

Jacqueline Badger Mars

Benefactor - $1,000

Nancy Barton
Sue Bienkowski
Sara Morgan
Maryanne Tagney
Elisabeth J. Waltz
Roma Wittcoff
Eva Womack

Contributor - $500

Elizabeth Eveillard
Julia Noulin-Mérat
Nicole Paiement

Supporter - $250

Astrid Baumgardner
Stacy Brightman
Annie Burridge
Jessica Burton
Ana De Archuleta
Nancie Dominic
Rebecca Duncan
Karin Eames
Kim Eberlein
Joan S. Faber
Kristina Flanagan
Gail Guillet
Laura Kaminsky
Corey Kinger
Miranda Lind
Lynn Loacker
Andrea Miller
Gloria Portela
Karen Ritz
Laura Roskind
Deborah Sandler Kemper
Marc A. Scorca
Rhonda Sweeney
Shoshana Tancer
Dannehl M. Twomey
Judith Wolf
Eileen Woodbury
Eden McNabb Bishop

Backstage Brunch Photos: 2016-2020

Formerly held in-person at our National Opera Center in New York City.