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Leadership Launch

Leadership Launch is OPERA America's online course about the fundamentals of opera administration.

The program offers early-career administrators an opportunity to gain an introductory understanding of the opera field. Through ten 90-minute sessions, participants will learn from experts and engage in discussion of how opera companies operate.

Program Details

Leadership Launch is open to all individuals (members and non-members) who currently work in or wish to advance their professional careers in the opera field. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants.

There is a registration fee of $95 for members or $170 for non-members (including a one-year individual OPERA America membership). 


All sessions will take place from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. E.T.

March 1, 2023 Session 1: Overview & Introductory Framework
March 8, 2023 Session 2: Governance: Working with Boards
March 15, 2023 Session 3: Fundamentals of Individual Giving
March 22, 2023 Session 4: Digital Marketing for Beginners
March 29, 2023 Session 5: Organizations as Educators
April 5, 2023 Session 6: Strengthening the Civic Fabric
April 12, 2023 Session 7: New Works Development: Creating a New Repertoire Landscape
April 19, 2023 Session 8: Fundamentals of Opera Production
April 26, 2023 Session 9: Opera Finance for Beginners 
May 3, 2023 Session 10: Focus on the Future: Season Planning and Course Conclusion 

Program participants will be invited to attend an optional in-person meetup at Opera Conference 2023 in Pittsburgh, May 17-21. Conference registration is not included in the program fee. To learn more and register visit Opera Conference.

How to Apply

Apply by February 28, 2023 (at 11:59 p.m. EST) to secure your spot. Registration is limited and on a first-come basis.

Registration is $95 for OPERA America members. 

Registration for non-members is $170, and includes a one-year individual OPERA America membership.

For questions, contact Vincent Rutter-Covatto, director of leadership services, at VRutterCovatto@operaamerica.org or 212.646.5237.