Leadership Intensive

The Leadership Intensive, OPERA America’s signature leadership development initiative, is a yearlong program for rising leaders in opera administration.

Chosen from a competitive pool of applicants, each annual cohort convenes at our National Opera Center for a week of seminars and trainings to advance their careers and establish strong professional connections. Throughout the subsequent year, participants come together at the annual conference and by tele-meeting to assess their growth and goals with expert faculty.

Established in 2012, the program’s alumni now lead 10 percent of our Professional Company Members.

Program Details

Participation in the Leadership Intensive is available to all individuals (members and non-members) who currently work in or wish to continue their professional careers in the opera field.

Ten applicants from the United States and a limited number of international candidates will be selected to participate tuition-free. United States participants receive reimbursements of up to 50 percent of travel expenses (up to $1,500 per person).

Next Application Cycle
Program dates: August 13–20, 2021
Application available online: April 14, 2021
Application deadline: May 27, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EDT
Interview process: June 2021
Applicant notification: July 6, 2021

The 2021 Leadership Intensive is scheduled to take place in person in New York City. Should New York public health orders change to prohibit gatherings of up to 20 people at the time of the summer session, the program will be delivered digitally. If you are not comfortable traveling in August 2021, we invite you to apply for the next cycle of the program.

For the health and safety of everyone involved, all participants in the Leadership Intensive will be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

How to Apply

For questions about applications or eligibility, contact us at or 212.796.8624.

Meet the Alumni

Leadership Intensive alumni are listed with their titles and company affiliations at the start of their participation.