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

October 19‒21, 2022 | New York City
Wednesday, October 19, 1:30 p.m. ‒ 4:30 p.m. ET
Thursday‒Friday, October 20‒21, 9:30 a.m. ‒ 4:30 p.m. ET

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 is part of OPERA America's National Trustee Weekend, October 19-22, for opera company trustees, supporters, and guests from across the country. Forum attendees can register for additional weekend activities including performances at The Metropolitan Opera and Roundabout Theatre; and the OPERA America Salutes awards dinner.


  • $395 Member
  • $470 Non-Member (includes membership)

Session information will be released fall 2022.

Register by Monday, September 26

The National Trustee Forum is part of OPERA America's National Trustee Weekend. Guests are invited to participate in other performances and activities throughout the weekend.

Use the buttons below to register online or click here to download a printable registration form.

For more information, contact us at or 646.699.5266.