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Women's Opera Network

OPERA America’s Women’s Opera Network (WON) is an action group of opera professionals from all sectors of the field dedicated to advancing gender equity in the industry.

Women represent more than half of the national population, yet the percentage of women in leadership roles within the field of opera is comparatively small. Founded in 2015, the Women’s Opera Network works to:

  • Increase awareness of and discussion about gender parity in the field.
  • Create action plans to promote the advancement of talented women.
  • Become a source of support for emerging female professionals.
Get Involved

Participation in the Women’s Opera Network is open to anyone affiliated with the opera industry and supportive of the Network’s goals. You can get involved by requesting to join the Facebook group or listserv.

WON Facebook Group   WON Listserv

For additional information, contact us at Membership@operaamerica.org or 646.699.5248.

OPERA America Programs

Pairing the field’s most promising female professionals with opera leaders to support their career goals.
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Women's Opera Network Steering Committee

Stacy Brightman
Executive Director, The Ebell of Los Angeles

Veronica Chapman-Smith
Vice President of Community Initiatives, Opera Philadelphia

Christine Goerke
Associate Artistic Director, Detroit Opera 

Aliana de la Guardia

Pipers Gunnarson
General Director and CEO, Lyric Opera of Kansas City 

Rebecca Hass

Cheryl Hickman, Co-Chair
General and Artistic Director, Opera on the Avalon

Shawn Marie Jeffrey
Vice President | Classical & Creatives, UIA Talent 

Laura Kaminsky

Kristine McIntyre
Stage Director

Janine Morita Colletti

Katie Preissner
Managing Director, Artistic & Production, Opera San Jose

Deborah Sandler Kemper, Founding Chair and Special Advisor
General Director and CEO, Lyric Opera of Kansas City 

Diana Solomon-Glover

Krysty Swann
Mezzo Soprano

Amanda Viles

Connie Yun

Past Steering Committee Members

Alejandra Valarino Boyer
Director, Ravinia Steans Music Institute

Clare Burovac
General Director, New Orleans Opera

Annie Burridge
General Director, Austin Opera

Ana De Archuleta
Director of Artistic Operations, National Sawdust; President and Founder, A.D.A. Artist Management

Carol E. Domina
Trustee, Opera Omaha
Managing Director, Metropolitan Opera

Peggy Kriha Dye
General Director and CEO, Virginia Opera

Nicole Ambos Freber, Co-Chair
Managing Director of Advancement, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Jessica Jahn
Costume Designer

Barbara Lynne Jamison
General Director, Kentucky Opera

Ashley Magnus
General Director, Chicago Opera Theater

Karen Quisenberry
Vice President, Production, Minnesota Opera

Deborah Sandler Kemper, Founding Chair and Special Advisor
General Director and CEO, Lyric Opera of Kansas City 

Jeri Sedlar
National Opera Center Facilities Board, OPERA America

Karen Slack, Co-Chair
Soprano; Artistic Advisor, Portland Opera

Kathryn Smith
General Director, Madison Opera

Talise Trevigne

Francesca Zambello, Advisor
Artistic Director, Washington National Opera; Artistic and General Director, The Glimmerglass Festival