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.
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.
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OPERA America Programs
Women's Opera Network Steering Committee
Nicole Ambos Freber, Co-Chair
Managing Director of Advancement, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Cheryl Hickman, Co-Chair
General and Artistic Director, Opera on the Avalon
Karen Slack, Co-Chair
Soprano; Artistic Advisor, Portland Opera
Executive Director, The Ebell of Los Angeles
Alejandra Valarino Boyer
Director, Ravinia Steans Music Institute
General Director, New Orleans Opera
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
Barbara Lynne Jamison
General Director, Kentucky Opera
General Director, Chicago Opera Theater
Vice President, Production, Minnesota Opera
National Opera Center Facilities Board, OPERA America
General Director, Madison Opera
Francesca Zambello, Advisor
Artistic Director, Washington National Opera; Artistic and General Director, The Glimmerglass Festival
Deborah Sandler Kemper, Founding Chair and Special Advisor
General Director and CEO, Lyric Opera of Kansas City