Opera Conference

OPERA America’s annual Opera Conference is the largest assembly of opera administrators, artists, trustees, and associates in the world.

Hosted by one of our Professional Company Members, hundreds of stakeholders convene in a different location each spring for discussions, networking, and performances that move opera forward.

Opera Conference 2021

May 10–26, 2021 — Online

Registration information will be available in early 2021.

Conference Schedule

Opera Conference 2021 will take place online over the course of three weeks:

Week 1

  • Lead Presentation (Mon., May 10, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET)
  • Panel Discussion (Wed., May 12, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET)

Week 2

  • Lead Presentation (Mon., May 17, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET)
  • Panel Discussion (Wed., May 19, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET)

Week 3

  • Lead Presentation (Mon., May 24, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET)
  • Panel Discussion (Wed., May 26, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET)

Additional breakout sessions and artist panels may be added to this schedule in the future; details will be announced.

Conference Experience

When you attend the Opera Conference, you join colleagues, peers, and associates from across North America with a shared dedication to advancing the art form and industry.

  • Gain insights from inside and outside the field at inspiring plenary sessions.
  • Learn practical tips in breakout sessions to expand your on-the-job skill sets.
  • Reconnect with colleagues and expand your professional network to advance your career.
  • Enjoy performances of new and traditional works produced by the conference’s host company.
Sponsors and Exhibitors

We invite businesses, civic institutions, arts organizations, universities, and foundations to join as partners in presenting the annual conference. By sponsoring conference activities or hosting a table in the communal exhibit hall, you can enhance your experience with:

  • Access: Take advantage of networking opportunities with over 650 opera professionals and decision-makers.
  • Promotion: Receive customized recognition packages to showcase your brand and connect with attendees.
  • Appreciation: Earn admiration from the field by contributing to the sector’s most valuable annual convening.

To learn about becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, download the Sponsorship Prospectus and contact us at or 646.699.5237.