OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation’s leading champion for American opera, will present the 49th annual Opera Conference from June 12–16 in San Francisco. Hosted by San Francisco Opera in association with Opera Volunteers International, this sold-out convening of opera professionals — the largest in North America — will meet at the Park Central San Francisco and venues throughout San Francisco. This is the fourth time in OPERA America’s 49-year history that the conference will be held in the City by the Bay.
More than 700 opera administrators, trustees and artists will gather to discuss what’s next for the opera industry by focusing on three central themes: Examining Traditions, Exploring Business Innovation and Deepening Civic Practice. Each theme will be introduced at a plenary session by a cohort of provocateurs drawn from leading institutions in and beyond the sector. The themes will be explored subsequently in concurrent sessions and roundtables focusing on the full spectrum of professional specialties, including artistic administration, performer development, fundraising, marketing and governance, among others.
“At a time when opera is faced with a combination of challenges and exciting opportunities, field leaders have to draw on innovative ideas from within and outside the performing arts to thrive,” said Marc A. Scorca, president/CEO of OPERA America. “A faculty of experts from San Francisco and across the country will be at the center of intense and stimulating discussion.”
Topics will include:
EXAMINING TRADITIONS Traditions shape our canon, dictate our performance customs and define our art form. Is it time to reinterpret the repertoire, adjust our practices and introduce new ideas into the evolution of opera?
EXPLORING BUSINESS INNOVATION The Bay Area has changed the world with innovative technologies, entrepreneurial models and creative management strategies. Can new and disruptive practices transform the opera business, as well?
DEEPENING CIVIC PRACTICE Opera has the potential to strengthen the civic fabric of our communities. How can building authentic partnerships bridge divisions and address shared priorities to improve our cities?
Additional Programming Opera Conference 2019 will provide a variety of programming supplemental to the three central themes. A pre-conference workshop on supporting race equity in opera organizations, as well as meetings of OPERA America’s Women’s Opera Network and ALAANA Opera Network (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American) will advance discussion about diversity and equity in the field.
More information can be found here.