National Trustee Forum

The National Trustee Forum is a multiday symposium for opera company board members to develop deeper understanding of the most pressing governance challenges and opportunities in the field of opera.

The Forum is guided by the premise that the health of opera companies depends in large measure on the strengths of their boards. The meetings offer board members successful practices, models, and concepts to reinforce their service to their companies and communities.

Past sessions have examined board recruitment and engagement strategies, committee structures, board-staff dynamics, leadership succession, and other topics that build trustee understanding of company operations.

Participants hear from experts, learn from one another, and forge lasting friendships with opera-devoted peers at other companies across the country.

Program Details

The trustees of OPERA America’s Professional Company Members are invited to participate in the National Trustee Forum at the recommendation of their general directors. Multiple trustees from a board are encouraged to attend as a group to maximize the learning potential for their company.

The daytime meetings of the Forum are accompanied by an evening program of performances, receptions, and private dinners, including the National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards Dinner.

Upcoming Dates and Costs

The National Trustee Forum takes place in January or February of each year. A registration fee applies for the Forum, with supplemental costs for optional evening activities.

National Trustee Forum 2021

Early February 2021 — Online

For more information, contact us at or 646.699.5266.