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National Trustee Weekend 2024

New York City | January 24‒27, 2024

OPERA America invites its Patron Circle ($500+) members, trustees from opera companies across the country, and guests to come together in New York City for National Trustee Weekend 2024.

National Trustee Weekend includes:

Questions? Contact us at Membership@operaamerica.org or 646.699.5248.

Contact us to register

Online registration for National Trustee Weekend closed on Friday, January 5. Contact us to inquire about late enrollment by email or call 646.699.5248

National Trustee Forum

The 2024 National Trustee Forum brings together opera company board members to discuss how good governance practices can be deployed to support and guide companies through the dynamics of this post-COVID period. Participants will develop new benchmarks for success for governing amid unpredictability.

Learn more about the curriculum at National Trustee Forum.

National Trustee Forum
January 24‒26, 2024
Wednesday, January 24, 1:00 p.m. ‒ 3:30 p.m. ET
Thursday‒Friday, January 25 and 26, 9:30 a.m. ‒ 3:30 p.m. ET
OPERA America's National Opera Center
330 7th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY

The National Trustee Forum is open to board members of OPERA America’s Professional Company Members.


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

OPERA America Salutes

Celebrating Opera’s Great Leaders

OPERA America Salutes is a special, Friday-evening event that brings together artists, producers, and advocates in tribute to some of the field’s most accomplished figures. With celebrated guest host, Susan Graham, the unforgettable evening honors industry pioneers and supports the next generation of opera leaders. View the evening’s honorees.

Proceeds from the event will sustain OPERA America’s professional development programs, including the Leadership Intensive, New General Director Roundtables, and Mentorship Programs.

OPERA America Salutes
Friday, January 26, 2024
6:45 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. ET
The University Club of New York
One West 54th St, New York, NY

Hosted by Susan Graham


  • General - $350 (priced at cost; $0 tax deductible)
  • Advocate - $500 ($150 tax deductible)
  • Supporter - $1,000 ($650 tax deductible)

TABLES (for up to 10)

  • Patron - $5,000 ($1,500 tax deductible)
  • Sponsor - $10,000 ($6,500 tax deductible)
  • Underwriter - $25,000 ($21,500 tax deductible)
  • Benefactor - $50,000 ($46,500 tax deductible)

Outings and Performances

Guests are invited to participate in a series of outings and performances throughout the week.

Dinner at the Century Association
Wednesday, January 24, 5:00 p.m. ‒ 6:15 p.m.
Register: $200 per person
Toast the opening of Trustee Weekend with dinner at the Century Association, the storied social institution for artists and authors once referred to by Mark Twain as “the most unspeakably respectable club in New York.”

Kimberly Akimbo at the Booth Theatre
Wednesday, January 24, 7:00 p.m. ‒ 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $150 (Orchestra and Mezzanine)
After dinner, join us on Broadway for a performance of this year’s winner of the Tony Awards’ Best Musical, Kimberly Akimbo — with a score by composer Jeanine Tesori, whose opera Blue was developed with an OPERA America Opera Grant for Women Composers and was named by the Music Critics Association as the Best New Opera of 2020.

For Non-Forum Attendees*
Lunch at Villa Berulia
Thursday, January 25, 12:00 p.m. ‒ 1:30 p.m.
Register: $150 per person
Guests not participating the National Trustee Forum can come together for lunch at Villa Berulia Ristorante, showcasing exceptional Dalmatian and Northern Italian Cuisine in the heart of historic Murray Hill.

For Non-Forum Attendees*
Tour of the Morgan Library and Museum
Thursday, January 25, 2:00 p.m. ‒ 3:00 p.m.
Register: $50 per person
After lunch, guests not participating in the National Trustee Forum can enjoy a private guided tour of the Morgan Library & Museum, featuring illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints that began as Pierpont Morgan’s personal collection.

*National Trustee Forum participants should not register for the lunch or museum outing because they conflict with Forum sessions. Guests, spouses, and partners of Forum participants are welcome to register.

Works & Process: The Anonymous Lover at the Guggenheim
Thursday, January 25, 7:00 p.m. ‒ 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $125
In the evening, all guests are invited to a Works & Process presentation at the Guggenheim on the 18th century opera comique by composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, and librettist Desfontaines-Lavallée. OPERA America’s Marc A. Scorca will engage director Dennis Whitehead Darling and leadership from both Boston Lyric Opera and Opera Philadelphia in a discussion about how they are working together to co-produce a new production. Excerpts will be performed.

Brunch at The Met's Grand Tier Restaurant
Saturday, January 27, 11:00 a.m. ‒ 1:00 p.m.
Register: $200 per person
Join us for an elegant brunch at the Metropolitan Opera’s Grant Tier Restaurant, where you will dine under the radiant Sputnik chandeliers and murals by Marc Chagall, while overlooking Lincoln Center Plaza.

Carmen at The Metropolitan Opera
Saturday, January 27, 1:00 p.m. ‒ 4:30 p.m.
Tickets: $185 (Grand Tier)
Mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina stars in a vital new production of Bizet’s classic masterpiece Carmen, leading an all-star cast including tenor Piotr Beczała as Carmen’s troubled lover Don José, soprano Angel Blue as the loyal Micaëla, and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen as the swaggering Escamillo. Acclaimed English director Carrie Cracknell moves the action to the modern day, finding at the heart of the drama issues that could not be more relevant to today: gendered violence, abusive labor structures, and the desire to break through social boundaries. Maestro Daniele Rustioni conducts.

Travel and Accommodations

Guests are responsible for arranging their own travel to/from and accommodations in New York City. OPERA America has arranged for special rates at the neighborhood Kimpton Hotel Eventi.

Kimpton Hotel Eventi
851 Sixth Avenue (between 29th and 30th Streets)
$279 per night (plus taxes/fees)
Book online or call 866.993.8396 and ask for “OPERA America Trustee Forum / Board of Directors Meeting 2024"
(Rates valid until January 12 and subject to availability.)

OPERA America will provide coach transportation to and from the Eventi Hotel for evening events in New York. Details and timing will be distributed in advance of the weekend.

Additional Information

The activities and schedule may change. OPERA America will distribute a detailed itinerary with times and locations by email in mid-January, approximately one week prior to the start of activities.

Suggested dress for daytime events is business casual and for evening events is business attire.

Questions? Contact us at Membership@operaamerica.org or 646.699.5248.

Contact us to register

Online registration for National Trustee Weekend closed on Friday, January 5. Contact us to inquire about late enrollment by email or call 646.699.5248