For Immediate Release
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New York, NY—OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, is pleased to announce the 2012 Leadership Intensive as part of its firm commitment to develop leaders who will advance the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera for years to come. The Leadership Intensive will identify the most promising emerging leaders in a range of opera administration fields and provide them with the skills and contacts needed to advance to an executive level position.

Participants will be chosen for one of 10 places through a competitive application and interview process. As part of the Leadership Intensive, they will then attend seminars and workshops during Opera Conference 2012 in Philadelphia in June, where leaders from across the opera industry will come together to hone their craft and learn from one another. This experience will put the emerging leaders into direct contact with industry experts and current practitioners, who can provide guidance and help open doors in the future. Topics to be addressed during these Leadership Intensive sessions include marketing, development, communications and strategic planning.

Building upon the work of Opera Conference 2012, Leadership Intensive participants will attend a week-long session in New York City in July. Focusing on personal leadership development, participants will also gain exposure to leaders from within and outside the opera field and attend several performances.

Through these diverse training activities, the Leadership Intensive will prepare participants to become successful executive-level leaders, contributing to the strengthening of opera companies across the country.

“There is a steep learning curve when new staff take their first positions guiding entire departments or opera companies because there is no formal training process for these high-stakes positions,” stated Marc. A. Scorca, president and CEO of OPERA America. “The Leadership Intensive is designed to bridge that gap by providing emerging leaders with valuable knowledge about the inner workings of the opera industry and with the skills and contacts necessary to develop their careers within the field.”

Thanks to a generous gift from American Express, Leadership Intensive participants pay no registration fees and receive a generous subsidy for travel and accommodations.

For additional information and to apply, visit The application deadline is Friday, January 6, 2012. Successful applicants will have demonstrated their dedication to a career in opera or arts administration (a minimum of three years of professional experience), with an undergraduate degree in music, theater or a related field. Master’s degree in arts administration or related preferred. Applications are open to both members and non-members.

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OPERA America leads and serves the entire opera community, supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera.

  • Artistic services help opera companies and creative and performing artists to improve the quality of productions and increase the creation and presentation of North American works.
  • Information, technical, and administrative services to opera companies reflect the need for strengthened leadership among staff, trustees and volunteers.
  • Education, audience development and community services are designed to enhance all forms of opera appreciation.

Founded in 1970, OPERA America’s worldwide membership network includes nearly 200 Company Members, 300 Associate and Business Members, 2,000 Individual Members and more than 16,000 subscribers to the association’s electronic news service. In 2005, OPERA America relocated from Washington, D.C. to New York as the first step in creating the first-ever National Opera Center. With a wide range of artistic and administrative services in a purpose-built facility, the Opera Center is dedicated to increasing the level of excellence, creativity and effectiveness across the field.

OPERA America’s long tradition of supporting and nurturing the creation and development of new works led to the formation of The Opera Fund, a growing endowment which allows OPERA America to make a direct impact on the ongoing creation and presentation of new opera and music-theater works. Since its inception, OPERA America has made grants of nearly $11 million to assist companies with the expenses associated with the creation and development of new works.