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World Opera Forum 2024 | June 3-5

The second-ever World Opera Forum welcomes opera leaders from around the world to Los Angeles for a global conversation about the future of the art form.

Directly preceding Opera Conference 2024, the forum will engage opera leaders from six continents in discussion of the strategies needed to guide the sector through today’s dynamic landscape of art, politics, and technology.

The forum is hosted by OPERA America in collaboration with Opera Europa, Ópera Latinoamérica, and the Association for Opera in Canada.

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Forum Topics

Opera has benefitted for decades from the support of cultural agencies and philanthropy. But in a world of competing priorities and limited resources, support structures are weakening. Making a case for opera requires new organizational and artistic strategies.

Over three days, delegates and members from the global opera community are invited to investigate the following key themes:

Forum Structure

Sixty official delegates, including artists, administrators, trustees, and advocates from six continents, have been chosen by an international committee to lead the forum discussions. Delegates will engage with each of the three topics in a half-day sequence that includes opening remarks, a moderated "fishbowl" debate, break-out groups, and a concluding summary.

All members of OPERA America, Opera Europa, and Ópera Latinoamérica are invited to register for the forum as participants at large. They will be able to participate in all sessions and enrich discussion by submitting questions and comments. And they will extend the ideas of the forum to the subsequent Opera Conference and their home companies.

The combined World Opera Forum and Opera Conference will be a week filled with debate, discussion, and networking at the conclusion of which participants will leave with new insights, ideas, and relationships that circle the globe.

Building on the 2018 Forum

The 2024 World Opera Forum builds on the inaugural forum hosted by the Teatro Real in Madrid in 2018.

Since then, the world has been changed by a global pandemic. Inherited cultural traditions are being reexamined, social and environmental justice is taking precedence among other priorities, government policies are shifting, and technology is reshaping our relationships with one another, our audiences, and the public.

Yet, within this ever-changing landscape, opera retains its unique power as a story-based, multimedia art form that can strengthen community ties, address civic issues, and inspire audiences across economic, social, and racial divides. 

The 2018 World Opera Forum united the global opera industry in a discussion about the future of the art form around four central themes: cultural...
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