OPERA America's annual conference is the pre-eminent convening of opera company leaders, artists, trustees and volunteers, and other industry stakeholders. With our colleagues at the San Francisco Opera, we will explore major issues that are shaping the art form, our business strategies and our place in civic life.

  • Examining Traditions. Traditions provide constancy and comfort and, in opera, have shaped a canon of masterpieces and collection of performance practices that define the art form for many ticket buyers and donors. Examining traditions is also part of opera’s history and has advanced the art form from the 17th century to the 21st. Presentations and discussions will reveal the ways companies are reinterpreting the repertoire, adjusting practices and introducing new ideas that contribute to the evolution of the art form.

  • Exploring Business Innovation. The Bay Area is a wellspring of innovation that has changed the world with new technologies, as well as new models for invention and management. Entrepreneurial leaders have embraced rapid change, intensified connection to purpose and welcomed new voices into the creative process. Sessions will explore how new and disruptive practices can lead to transformation in the opera business.

  • Deepening Civic Practice. Opera has the potential to enrich lives and strengthen communities as people with different experiences overcome the isolation of technology and gather together to explore the emotions and insights of shared human stories. The civic fabric can be strengthened further when opera companies establish strong, long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with partners to bridge divisions and address shared priorities. Sessions in this cluster will demonstrate the power of authentic connections to shape the art form, strengthen our companies and improve the cities we serve.

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  • More than 500 attendees will gather in San Francisco this June to gain inspiration, new ideas and connections to colleagues that will fuel their work throughout the year.

  • Art at the Center. With the Robert L.B. Tobin Designer-Director Showcase, New Works Forum, a Composer/Librettist “Pitch Session,” a presentation by Ópera Latinoamérica, three San Francisco Opera productions and a sneak preview of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s latest work, there are many opportunities to experience and discuss the creative dimensions of our work.

  • Meaningful Connections. Conference attendees come from every area of the opera business, at all levels of experience. You will meet colleagues who share your challenges and motivations and build relationships that last long after you return home.

  • San Francisco. The conference hotel rate is far less than typical San Francisco room rates, so this is a great opportunity to see all this amazing city has to offer.

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Attending the conference is a valuable experience. But you don’t have to take our word for it:

"The conference exceeded my expectations. The information that I learned was truly invaluable. I feel validated in some of the initiatives we have started and inspired to create new  ones."—Kristen Stotz, director of marketing, Pensacola Opera  

“I interact with many colleagues via e-mail and phone and I really looked forward to getting to chat in person with those collaborators. Being somewhat new to opera, I felt like I learned more about the field and appreciate the exchange of ideas.”— Julia Gallagher, assistant production director, Minnesota Opera   

“It was energizing to meet with so many people involved in opera and to listen to their experiences in the field. I loved learning about the industry models in place right now.”— Alexa Dexa, composer  

“At the conference, I look forward to the feeling of where opera is at the moment and where it is going.— Cynthia DuPont Tobias, vice president of the board, OperaDelaware

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A limited block of deeply discounted rooms is held at the conference headquarters hotel, the Park Central San Francisco. This contemporary hotel is conveniently located by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, between San Francisco Opera’s War Memorial Opera House and the Bay. Hotel room reservations are now available at the special conference attendee rate of only $199 per night, including in-room Wi-Fi. The Park Central is a member of the Marriott/SPG network. Book at the Park Central.

This special room rate expires on May 12, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. PST.

For attendees who would prefer to experience more of San Francisco outside of the conference hotel, an additional block of rooms is available at the InterContinental San Francisco  for just $209 per night, including in-room Wi-Fi. The InterContinental San Francisco is just a 10-minute walk through the beautiful Yerba Buena Gardens from the conference headquarters and is a member of the IHG Rewards network. Book at the InterContinental.

This special room rate expires on May 22, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. PST. 


  • When

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - Saturday, June 15, 2019
    9:00 AM - 4:30 AM
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • San Francisco, CA
    Park Central San Francisco
    50 Third Street
    San Francisco, California 94103



By partnering with OPERA America and San Francisco Opera, sponsors will have the opportunity to meet hundreds of clients, colleagues and prospective customers at an array of conference sessions and networking events. For more information about raising your company’s profile at the conference, download the prospectus and contact Vincent Covatto, organizational membership manager, at or 646.699.5237.


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