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Thursday, June 21
 

9:15am

Keynote: A Conversation with John Adams
Limited Capacity filling up

Opera Conference 2018 kicks off with words of welcome from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera Volunteers International and OPERA America before Timothy O’Leary leads John Adams in a conversation about the inspirations that have influenced his work and underpinned his commitment to bringing resonant stories to the opera stage.

Speakers
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John Adams

Composer
Composer, conductor and creative thinker—John Adams occupies a unique position in the world of American music. His works, both operatic and symphonic, stand out among contemporary classical compositions for their depth of expression, brilliance of sound and the profoundly humanist... Read More →
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Peggy Kriha Dye

General and Artistic Director, Opera Columbus
Artistic Director Peggy Kriha Dye is responsible for all production staff, and Opera Columbus’ programming, including mainstage productions, Opera on the Edge productions and education and community outreach programs.Also a professional opera singer, Peggy played the title role... Read More →
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Laura Kaminsky

Ambassador/Composer
Composer of AS ONE (co-librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed), the most frequently produced contemporary opera, with two dozen productions since its 2014 premiere at BAM. Currently working on TODAY IT RAINS (also with Campbell and Reed), commissioned by Opera Parallele in collaboration... Read More →
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Mark Edward Kent

President, The Biome Foundation
Mark Kent is a native of Saint Louis, Missouri. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Operatic Performance from Washington University and Master of Fine Arts in Operatic Performance from DePaul University. Mr. Kent made his professional debut with Opera Theatre of St. Louis in 1999... Read More →
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Anh Le

Assistant Director of Marketing, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Anh is the Assistant Director of Marketing at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL), overseeing all direct mail and print collateral in addition to providing key strategic support for audience building and community outreach efforts. In addition to her duties at OTSL, Anh has spoken... Read More →
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Susan Malott

Managing Director, San Francisco Opera
Susan Malott has been Managing Director of San Francisco Opera Guild since 2006. Prior to taking on this staff position, she served on the Opera Guild’s Board of Directors for 15 years. Susan received her Bachelor of Music in voice from Northwestern University and has over 25 years... Read More →
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Timothy O'Leary

General Director, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Timothy O’Leary has been General Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis since 2008, heading a leadership team that includes OTSL Music Director Stephen Lord and Artistic Director James Robinson. Mr. O’Leary currently also serves as Chairman of the Board of OPERA America, the... Read More →
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Ruth Orth

Trustee, Pensacola Opera
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Karen Quisenberry

Production Director, Minnesota Opera
Karen Quisenberry joined Minnesota Opera as Production Director in August 2013. Since her arrival she has had the privilege of working on a number of world premiers including The Manchurian Candidate, The Shining, and Dinner at Eight, while helping to develop creative design teams... Read More →
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Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA America
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support... Read More →
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Roger Weitz

General Director, Opera Omaha

Sponsors
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ADA Artist Management

Opening Session Sponsor
Founded in 2004, the team at ADA Artist Management works to identify exciting new talent and nurture the careers of the finest performers who excel in a variety of genres and repertoire, from emerging to internationally renowned artists. Our goal is to be as dedicated to our craft... Read More →


Thursday June 21, 2018 9:15am - 10:30am
Regency Ballroom C/D, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St, Louis, MO 63012
  • Live Stream Live Stream
 
Friday, June 22
 

10:30am

Meeting Audience Expectations
Limited Capacity seats available

Recent research shows that today’s arts audiences are seeking more than just a performance, and it confirms that opera companies are competing against a much larger range of activities than ever before for audience attention — important factors when working to increase customer loyalty and frequency of attendance. Leading experts will present their research findings as a prelude to an informative discussion about ways companies are responding to new audience expectations.

Moderators
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Tim Powers

Director of Sales and Marketing, Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis
Tim Powers “stumbled” into hospitality and, for that matter, Four Seasons, which recruited him from the University of Hawaii where he was studying travel industry management on a golf scholarship he earned while on the American Junior Golf Tour. But for one 14-month break to glean... Read More →

Speakers
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Annie Burridge

General Director & CEO, Austin Opera
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David Devan

General Director and President, Opera Philadelphia
David B. Devan joined Opera Philadelphia in January 2006 and was appointed General Director of the company in 2011. Since his arrival, David has worked closely with board and administration on strategic planning initiatives and building partnerships within the community and the opera... Read More →
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Sunil Iyengar

Director, Office of Research and Analysis, National Endowment for the Arts
Sunil Iyengar directs the Office of Research & Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts. Since his arrival at the NEA in June 2006, the office has produced more than 25 research publications, hosted several research events and webinars, twice updated the NEA's five-year strategic... Read More →
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Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA America
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support... Read More →
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Christine Yoon

Senior Program Officer, The Wallace Foundation
Christine Yoon is a senior program officer of the Arts at the Wallace Foundation. In this role, Christine helped launch the $52 million Building Audiences for Sustainability Initiative, supporting nonprofit performing arts organizations across the U.S. Christine also supports Wallace’s... Read More →

Sponsors
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Schuler Shook

Sponsor: General Director sessions, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning.  Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Sydney Opera House, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera... Read More →
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SD&A Teleservices

Sponsor: Marketing/PR Network
Committed to making the world a better place, SD&A works exclusively with nonprofit organizations to help them raise money for a wide variety of worthy causes. This is our sole mission, and we've been doing it successfully for 35 years. Known for our flexible approach to campaign... Read More →
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The Wallace Foundation

Sponsor: Audience Research sessions
Based in New York City, The Wallace Foundation is an independent national philanthropy dedicated to fostering improvements in learning and enrichment for disadvantaged children and the vitality of the arts for everyone. It seeks to catalyze broad impact by supporting the development... Read More →
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Threshold Acoustics

Sponsor: Artistic Administration Network
Threshold provides acoustics and audio/video design consulting for performing arts buildings, aware of tradition and turned toward the future, relating to each client and project with clarity, accessibility and individuality.


Friday June 22, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Regency Ballroom C/D, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St, Louis, MO 63012
 
Saturday, June 23
 

9:15am

Recognizing and Undoing Racism
Limited Capacity seats available

Structural racism continues to influence decision-making at all levels, including choices made by and for opera companies. Structural racism plays a role in hiring practices, organizational funding, marketing and season planning, but can leave many unaware of its influence because of the unconscious nature of biases and inherited practices. In this session, community leaders will reveal patterns of racism and how opera company staff and board members can dismantle these practices within their own institutions.

Speakers
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Roberto Bedoya

Cultural Affairs Manager (and Minister of Belonging on USDAC Cabinet), City of Oakland
Roberto Bedoya is Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Oakland, CA, overseeing the Cultural Affairs Unit, housed in the City's Department of Economic and Workforce Development. He previously served as executive director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council, overseeing grant making... Read More →
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Mark Edward Kent

President, The Biome Foundation
Mark Kent is a native of Saint Louis, Missouri. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Operatic Performance from Washington University and Master of Fine Arts in Operatic Performance from DePaul University. Mr. Kent made his professional debut with Opera Theatre of St. Louis in 1999... Read More →
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Timothy O'Leary

General Director, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Timothy O’Leary has been General Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis since 2008, heading a leadership team that includes OTSL Music Director Stephen Lord and Artistic Director James Robinson. Mr. O’Leary currently also serves as Chairman of the Board of OPERA America, the... Read More →
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Melanie Powell-Robinson

Executive Director, Diversity Awareness Partnership
Melanie Powell-Robinson is the Executive Director of Diversity Awareness Partnership. She serves the St. Louis region through her dedication to community service and advocacy for inclusion and equity both professionally and socially.Melanie’s dedication to community advocacy began... Read More →
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Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA America
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support... Read More →
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Felicia Shaw

Executive Director, Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis
Felicia W. Shaw joined the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis as its Executive Director in 2015. A native St. Louisan, Felicia brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in the public and nonprofit arts and culture sector.Previously, Felicia served for eight years as Director... Read More →

Sponsors
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Fisher Dachs Associates

Sponsor: Equity Theme, Fisher Dachs Associates
Fisher Dachs Associates is dedicated to creating performing arts spaces that work brilliantly for all constituents; the artists, the audience, management and staff. Our expertise is in planning and designing intimate, dynamic, technically superb and highly functional theatres, opera... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 9:15am - 10:45am
Regency Ballroom C, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnur Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  • KEY THEME Equity
  • Live Stream Live Stream

4:00pm

Reflections and Looking Forward
Observers woven throughout the conference will offer reflections on their experience of our discussions. Attendees will join Marc A. Scorca in thanking Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for their service to the field and will extend an invitation to next year’s annual gathering in San Francisco.

Moderators
avatar for Marc A. Scorca

Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA America
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support... Read More →

Speakers
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Andrew Jorgensen

Director of Artistic Planning and Operations / General Director Designate, Washington National Opera / Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Andrew Jorgensen will become the fourth General Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis on July , 2018. He is currently the Director of Artistic Planning and Operations at Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center (WNO), where this season he has also been acting as Interim... Read More →
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Susan Malott

Managing Director, San Francisco Opera
Susan Malott has been Managing Director of San Francisco Opera Guild since 2006. Prior to taking on this staff position, she served on the Opera Guild’s Board of Directors for 15 years. Susan received her Bachelor of Music in voice from Northwestern University and has over 25 years... Read More →
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Noémi Neidorff

Chairman, Board of Directors, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Noémi Neidorff has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis since 2015. She began her association with OTSL several years ago as a member of the Guild Board and served as a Co-Chair of "Spotlight on Opera." Noémi joined the OTSL Board of Directors... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday June 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Regency Ballroom C, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnur Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  • Live Stream Recorded for archival use.