OPERA America and OVI invite you to join volunteers and opera professionals in St. Louis this June for Opera Conference 2018. New for 2018, there is no additional fee to attend the New Works Forum and all conference attendees are encouraged to participate.

PERFORMANCES  at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis include the Center Stage concert with rising opera stars; La traviata featuring the directing debut of Patricia Racette; Marc Blitzstein’s rarely performed Regina*; Gluck’s sublime Orfeo and Euridice*; and the closing performance of Huang Ruo and David Henry Hwang’s world-premiere opera, An American Soldier*. (* Transportation provided from Hyatt.)

REGISTRATION for the Conference is exclusively done on the OA website, including the OVI two day option available until June 14.  Other events that need to be purchased separately at the time of registration: opera tickets, OVI board lunch, and the Awards Brunch.  The conference hotel is The Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, which is offering special rates for attendees.



The Auction Returns! Bid on wonderful items – trip packages, tickets and more – and help support the Opera Volunteers International Matching Grants Program.  And you can bid any time and anywhere you have internet access.  We’ve again partnered with Auction Frogs to provide secure transactions, so log in to the auction website, register and BID! The Auction closes May 31.


We are excited to share this amazing opportunity of Cruising with Music on the Celtic Sea. Be sure to  review the attached full cruise brochure with all the details including the itinerary, wonderful line up of performers and more.  Please share this with your friends and members of your home organizations. Let’s get a big group together and enjoy some beautiful music and sites on the Celtic Sea! 


National Opera Week 2017

by Barb E on October 15, 2017

Friday, October 27 – Sunday, November 5
operaamerica.org/Operaweek | #OperaWeek

Join DENYCE GRAVES, honorary chair of National Opera Week, in celebrating our art form!

Stay tuned for a special welcome message from the celebrated mezzo-soprano. But in the meantime, make sure to plan your participation in Opera Week, which kicks off on Friday, October 27.

How Can You Participate?
The options are limitless! You can offer public programming, stimulate conversations about opera in your community or on social media (using #OperaWeek), make announcements about your organization’s year-round impact, or host any activity that sparks excitement about the art form. See our guide for tips.

Once you’ve decided how you’ll take part, make sure to submit your activities on the National Opera Week site so that they’re included in the nationwide public calendar of events.


Beyond Knoxville

by Barb E on July 2, 2016

Fabulous weekend in Knoxville, Tennessee!  The folks opened their homes and hearts and made us fall in love with their city of rolling hills on the Tennessee River.  But equally delightful were the chances to meet and talk to other OVI members over breakfast grits and to learn about their challenges and solutions.  Or to get an impromptu lesson in bluegrass music at the Museum of Appalachia.  And to return home with ideas – and a head full of Gilbert & Sullivan.

Meeting new people with whom one can share the trials and the successes of volunteering – and having a darn good time to boot – is what conferences and meetings are about.   Do join OVI in Dallas in the spring when we rub elbows with the opera pros and recognize volunteers who help make the magic happen.  Then Tucson in the fall.  All will be revealed, so keep watching.


OVI is now an eligible charitable organization for AmazonSmile.  Click on the link to get details.



Merci, Montreal

by Barb E on May 29, 2016

Back from Opera Conference 2016 in Montreal – amazing, vibrant, cultured  – inspired by leaders and innovators in the opera community and by our own volunteers.  We met new friends and had interesting conversations with folks who stopped by the OVI table in the exhibitors gallery.  We hope to get to know them better as members!

Rhonda Sweeney from Houston, Zack Hangauer from Kansas City and Susan Malott from San Francisco spoke about their support groups’ long-standing, successful projects at the session, Fundraising and Volunteer Power. Awesome!

Fundraising and Volutneer Power participants

From left, Dan Cooperman from OA, Rhonda Sweeney, Moderator Leah Wilson from OA, Zack Hangauer and Susan Malott at the Saturday session.

At OVI’s roundtable on Saturday, we were all moved by stories of how meaningful were the honors and matching grants given each year by Opera Volunteers International. The roundtable and the Awards Dinner the night before renewed our enthusiasm and purpose for the work OVI does in support of opera volunteers and volunteering.

Watch for more details of the conference and awards in the summer newsletter.  And find this year’s awards and grants under the Grants and Awards pulldown menu on this website.

Plan to join OVI in Knoxville in October to meet with old and new friends, have a bunch of fun, eat good Tennessee food and be inspired.

The next Opera America/Opera Volunteers International conference will be next spring in Dallas.  Big D.



by Barb E on February 29, 2016

Montreal, site of Opera Conference 2016

Vieux Montreal

OVI and Opera America will meet May 18-22, 2016, in Montreal.
If you’ve visited Montreal you already know what an amazing city it is – splendid architecture, the Montreal bagel, 37km of underground walkways, people speaking French!  It’s time to experience the city again and immerse yourself in the most European city in North America and in the world of opera at Opera Conference 2016.
A full conference registration is $495  (available only until April 5) and includes all general and open sessions, the New Works Sampler, host company reception and the exhibitor happy hour.

Can’t manage the whole conference? There’s the OVI Pass, a Friday and Saturday concentration of OVI activities for only $295.

OVI members who contribute at the Grantor level and above can attend the OVI Grantor’s Reception  on Thursday, May 19th, 2016 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.



January Matching Grants Applications Closed

November 17, 2015

OVI is no longer accepting applications for the January Matching Grants program. If your member opera support group was unable to submit a proposal in time,fear not.  Applications will again be accepted for the March 15, 2016 deadline. Only member groups are eligible for Matching Grant awards of up to $2,000 to assist in developing […]

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October 24, 2015

  This year’s National Opera Week, which featured David Hyde Pierce as Honorary Chairman, was the biggest yet! More than 200 organizations and individuals from 41 states and provinces hosted 190 Opera Week events, while many others attended Opera Week offerings and joined online discussions using #OperaWeek on Facebook and on Twitter. In addition, individuals […]

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August 17, 2015

Choices, choices…As with every Opera America/Opera Volunteers International conference, this year’s was a candy store of events and workshops: Cinderella at Washington National Opera, New Works Sampler at Wolf Trap, panels on fundraising, management and more, and plenty of chances to network. Brooks Boeke, Manager of Friends of the Kennedy Center; Marsha LeBoeuf, Costume Director […]

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July 13, 2015

October 15-18, 2015 OVI’s getting busy for Salt Lake City.  We’re looking forward to exploring the capitol of Utah from an opera perspective.  Nestled between mountains and the Great Salt Lake, beautiful Salt Lake City supports a vibrant cultural scene.  Come join us as we get just a sample. We begin on Thursday evening with […]

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Opera Conference 2015

May 20, 2015

All of us who attended Opera Conference 2015 in Washington, DC, left informed and inspired. Speakers from the opera world and beyond addressed this year’s theme of Increasing Civic Impact.   Were you not able to attend (or you want to revisit some of the energizing and entertaining sessions) follow the links to the youTube […]

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