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. Multiple trustees from a board are encouraged to attend as a group to maximize the learning potential for their company.

National Trustee Forum 2022

For the safety of forum attendees, OPERA America is postponing the in-person National Trustee Forum from March 2–4 to October 19–21. The Virtual Trustee Forum will take place on February 24–25 as planned.

February 24‒25, 2022 | Online
October 19‒21, 2022 | In-Person in New York City

The 2022 National Trustee Forum brings together opera company board members to gain insight into the most important governance issues and opportunities shaping the opera field as we look beyond the pandemic.

The Forum offers virtual and in-person options to make it easy for trustees from around the country to participate. The two iterations will complement each other, with the in-person forum building on the online forum with additional sessions and content.


New York City Forum – OPERA America’s National Opera Center
Wednesday, October 19, 1:30 p.m. ‒ 4:30 p.m. ET
Thursday‒Friday, March 20‒21, 9:30 a.m. ‒ 4:30 p.m. ET
Registration, details, and session information will be released in the coming months.

For more information, contact us at or 646.699.5266.