Be a part of National Opera Week 2018 and help inspire a national discourse on opera, its creative diversity and the ways we’re making a difference in our communities.

Opera companies, organizations and individuals can participate in National Opera Week by fueling conversations about opera and illustrating our field’s year-round impact through social media and video messages and at in-person events throughout the week. On Thursday, November 1, we’ll all raise our voices in support of our art form through Opera Advocacy Day.

Based on feedback from participants, we are placing a greater priority on social media participation. While in-person events are still important and a valuable part of Opera Week, utilizing existing social media channels enables greater and more meaningful participation.

Messaging That Resonates: Social Media and Video

National Opera Week provides an exciting opportunity to create and lead social media conversations about the importance of opera. United behind the hashtag #OperaWeek, we can concentrate our messaging and expand our reach.

Throughout National Opera Week, we encourage you to post a variety of content to your social media channels — underscoring the joy and importance of opera — and to foster conversations with followers. Posts featuring graphics, images or video are especially great for capturing attention and are more likely to be shared than text-based posts.

For the National Opera Week message to reach beyond our current circles of followers, it’s important that we activate our supporters to participate, as well. Encourage your artists, audience members, staff members and partners to record and post short videos about what opera means to them and why they love it. These videos don’t need to be professional quality — what’s important is conveying authenticity, passion and personality. With relatively little investment of time and expense, we can create a critical mass of opera messaging that reflects all aspects of our field.

If you do host in-person events, be sure to capture content to use on social media with #OperaWeek to maximize your participation and reach. In addition to using #OperaWeek, don’t forget to tag @OPERAAmerica in all Opera Week posts so we can participate in the conversation and share your posts.

National Opera Week logos and suggested end card images are available for download below; you are welcome to include them in your posts and videos.

View the National Opera Week Guide for additional ideas and tips on creating and sharing videos.

How to Participate

From social media campaigns to in-person events, participation in National Opera Week can take a number of forms. We’ve created a comprehensive guide to answer your questions and help you get started.

View the National Opera Week Guide.


Download the National Opera Week 2018 logo files.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Opera Advocacy Day is an opportunity for individuals who work in or just love the opera field to show their support for this multidisciplinary art form and urge lawmakers and community leaders to enact policies and legislation that support opera and the performing arts.

Learn about the broad range of federal policy issues that OPERA America advocates on. Issues include funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, tax policy for nonprofits and visa policy for the hiring foreign guest artists.

The resources below provide tools and resources for advocating for the arts in your community:
  • Participating in Opera Advocacy Day (PDF)
  • Artists as Advocates (PDF)
  • Engaging Audiences (PDF)
  • Arts Education Advocacy (PDF)
  • Every Student Succeeds Act Report (PDF)


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