Essentials of Opera Governance

A Two-Part Snapshot Series for Opera Company Trustees Led by Marc A. Scorca, President/CEO of OPERA America

OPERA America invites you to a webinar series on the fundamentals of opera company governance. Drawing from his board workshop curricula, President/CEO Marc A. Scorca offers afternoon insights into 10 key topics that are essential to a strong board. Join us for one or more sessions over the course of the fall and spring series.

The Essentials of Opera Governance is free to OPERA America Individual Members.

Member Registration

Trustees who are not Individual Members of OPERA America can join to participate.

For assistance, contact us at or 646.699.5248.


Part 1: Fall 2020

Board Roles and Responsibilities
Thursday, September 24, 2020
4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. ET
What do trustees need to fulfill their responsibilities effectively? In this session, we look at the importance of financial understanding, operational awareness, and key indicators of success.

Board-Staff Partnership
Thursday, October 8, 2020
4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. ET
How do board and staff members succeed together? In this session, we discuss the mutually supportive and flexible partnerships that lead to reciprocal effectiveness.

Qualities of a Good Board
Thursday, October 22, 2020
4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. ET
What makes for a good board? In this session, we consider team spirit, strategic clarity, responsiveness, and other qualities identified by opera trustees in workshops across the country.

Board Size and Committees
Thursday, November 5, 2020
4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. ET
Too big or too small? Too many or too few? In this session, we answer these questions by discussing how developing bonds of mutual obligation and creating individual purposefulness fuel engagement.

Increasing Board Diversity
Thursday, November 19, 2020
4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. ET
How can companies diversify their boards? In this session, we identify the historic barriers and show how mutually beneficial partnerships can lead to organic recruitment.

Part 2: Spring 2021
  • Building a Stronger Board
  • Board Member Retention and Engagement
  • Term Limits
  • Board Members and the Fundraising Process
  • Strategic Planning

Dates and times for Part 2 sessions will be announced in the winter.