Opera America/Opera Volunteers conferences are energizing events.  Meeting old friends and acquaintances, getting new ideas, discovering communities of opera lovers and their companies.  The recent Opera Conference 2018 was all of this, made even more seamless by the amazing Opera Theatre of St. Louis Guild volunteers.  They staffed the registration desk, answering every conceivable question with enthusiasm.  They lined the path from our buses to the opera house, ready with umbrellas on each blustery evening.  They hosted the Grantors’ reception, waited on us at the gift shop, and made us all feel welcome.

Since 1976, men and women of all ages have played a vital role in supporting the creative life of OTSL.  Guild volunteers work side-by-side with artists, company members, and staff year around.   They say with pride, “Volunteer hours are not spent in meetings, but in contributing your enthusiasm and skills to support OTSL.”

The walk to the opera house entrance, lovingly maintained by guild volunteer gardeners.

Visit the volunteer signup page to see what OTSL volunteers do.



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.


Honoring Volunteer Contributions

by Barb E on July 21, 2010

OVI Board member Rose Betty Williams asked, “How does your support group honor its volunteers”?

Rhonda Sweeney of the Houston Grand Opera Guild tells us about the HGO Guild Awards: Each year, the HGO Guild awards a Volunteer of the Year award to someone who has done a lot for the Guild, generally not just that year but over several years. A BRAVO award is given to someone who may not be a Guild member but is either on the HGO staff or in the community working hard on behalf of opera.

Volunteers of Distinction awards go to several Guild members who have contributed special talents and those new volunteers in their first or second years as Guild volunteers are honored as Rising Stars.

These awardees are recognized at a brunch each Fall. All of last year’s HGO award winners (and all prior honorees) are listed on the HGO Guild’s website.

Read more about how guilds honor their volunteers.