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 OPERA America's conviction that the health of opera companies depends on the strength of their boards. Forum meetings offer board members insight into trends and issues, successful strategies, and governance 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 2022

February 24‒25, 2022 | Online
March 2‒4, 2022 | In-Person in New York City

The 2022 National Trustee Forum will bring together opera company board members to gain insight into the most important governance challenges and opportunities as the opera field looks to a future beyond the pandemic.

The in-person forum features Metropolitan Opera performances of Tosca and Ariadne auf Naxos and a special celebration on March 4.

Registration will open in early November. Member and non-member pricing will be available.

The National Trustee Forum is exclusive to the board members of OPERA America Professional Company Members.

For more information, contact us at or 646.699.5266.