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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.

The daytime meetings of the forum are accompanied by an evening program of performances, receptions, and private dinners, including the OPERA America Salutes awards dinner.

Upcoming Dates and Costs

The National Trustee Forum takes place in New York City each winter. A registration fee applies for the forum, with supplemental costs for optional evening activities.

National Trustee Forum 2024

January 24‒26, 2023 | New York City
Wednesday, January 24, 1:30 p.m. ‒ 4:30 p.m. ET
Thursday‒Friday, January 25‒26, 9:30 a.m. ‒ 4:30 p.m. ET

The 2024 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, January 24‒27, for opera company trustees, supporters, and guests from across the country. Forum attendees can register for additional weekend activities including the OPERA America Salutes awards dinner and performances at Works & Process at the Guggenheim, on Broadway, and at The Metropolitan Opera.

Registration will open in early October 2023.

For more information, contact us at Membership@operaamerica.org or 646.699.5266.