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Date(s) - 05/27/2020
1:15 pm - 3:45 pm


NOTE: This is not a direct Stage Managers’ Association event, but we believe it may be of interest to SMA Members and other industry personnel during this time of social distancing and increased educational and networking opportunities online.

Opera America 50th Conference – Starting Wednesday, May 13

Opera Conference 2020 has moved online! OPERA America’s 50th annual conference brings together the field’s administrators, artists and trustees to focus on four key themes that are essential to the future of the art form. Originally informed by pre-pandemic discussions, these themes take on new meaning and new relevance as the field charts its course forward.

Each week will focus on a key theme with a lead presentation and interactive panel discussion via live stream. These general sessions will be followed later in the week by roundtable discussions for each network. We also invite you to join us for a special toast to the field.

Sponsored by Fisher Dachs Associates
Color-blind casting has defined the field’s commitment to diversity for decades, but it is an insufficient standard by which to include people of color in opera. Opera lags behind other art forms and industries in reflecting the world around us — onstage, backstage, in administrative offices and around the board table — reinforcing negative stereotypes that keep people away from the opera house. Transforming opera’s culture requires change in the attitudes and practices that have defined the field for generations. Panelists will suggest ways to create a space that embraces audiences, staff and artists of color, and invites them to engage fully in the creation, production and enjoyment of an art form that will be enriched and expanded through their participation.

Tuesday, May 26
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT
Lead Presentation

Wednesday, May 27
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. EDT
Live Replay of Tuesday’s Lead Presentation

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT
Panel Discussion and Q&A

Registration is free and open to all; additional information and registration links