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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
About the Conference
“By the end of the conference, you're on fire for work again; if what we do in the opera world is about inspiring our audiences, the conference does the same to inspire us.”
OPERA America’s annual conference is the premier gathering of opera professionals in North America.

  • Gain insight and ideas from within and outside the opera field
  • Build your network to advance your career
  • Foster organizational partnerships
  • Discover what opera companies are doing to advance the art form
  • Learn practical skills that will enhance your contribution to the field
  • Reconnect with your colleagues

The opera conference attracts more than 500 attendees, including opera company general directors, staff members, trustees and volunteers, as well as artists and other industry professionals. Each year, OPERA America partners with a host opera company in a different city to offer nearly 100 events over five days. The conference offers inspiring general plenary sessions, informative breakout sessions, exciting performances and abundant networking opportunities.

“It feels good to be surrounded by people who are fueled by the same passion, and who are not just dreamers, but doers.”
According to our post-conference attendee survey:
  • 95% said that it increased their awareness of activity in the field.
  • 89% said that it enhanced their enthusiasm for their work.
  • 88% said that it strengthened their connections with existing colleagues.
  • 88% said that it grew their network of new connections within the field.


Sponsors and Exhibitors
For more information contact Ben Newman, membership manager, at BNewman@operaamerica.org.
To view previous conference sponsors, click here.

Opera Conference 2014
Click here to download resources from Opera Conference 2014.

Summer 2014 Magazine Issue
  • Summer Apprenticeships
  • Opera Tours for Board Members
  • My First Opera by Speight Jenkins
Contact Us
330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001
P 212-796-8620 • F 212-796-8621
Info@operaamerica.orgDirections
From Airport:
The easiest way to reach the OPERA America offices is to get a cab at the airport. Cost is $40-45
(not including tip).
  • JFK - Take the AirTrain ($5 - approx. 15 minutes) to the Jamaica Street Station and transfer to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Take the LIRR to Penn Station ($12 - approx. 35 minutes). See Penn Station directions below.
  • LaGuardia - Take the M60 Bus to the Hoyt Ave/31st Street. Get on the or Train and take that to 42nd/Times Square Station. Follow the Times Square Station directions below.
  • Newark - Take the New Jersey Transit train to Penn Station ($15 - approx. 45 min). See the Penn Station Directions below.

From Penn Station/Madison Square Garden:
Leave the station through the 7th Avenue/33rd Street exit and walk south for four blocks. The building is on
the right hand side.

From Grand Central Station:
Take the Train to the 42nd/Times Square station and transfer to the Train.
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

From 42nd Street/Times Square:
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

For more detailed directions, most up-to-date pricing or to specify a different starting location, please visit the
MTA Web site.