by Barb E on December 17, 2017

OPERA America invites you to invest in your career, your company and our art form by joining hundreds of industry leaders in St. Louis this June for Opera Conference 2018. Registration is now open, and rates are the lowest of the year.

Our hosts at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis are eager to welcome you to their city and share their perspectives on fostering new works, building community connections and committing to equity, diversity and inclusion.


More than two dozen sessions are already in development, centering on the most crucial themes of our art form today: civic action, addressing equity, audience and patron engagement, artist careers, innovation in production, and governance and operations.

Keynote Speaker John Adams will launch the conference by sharing the inspirations that have influenced his work and underpinned his commitment to bringing resonant stories to the opera stage.

New for 2018, the New Works Forum will feature dedicated breakout sessions for development staff, marketing staff, trustees and other networks to explore all aspects of producing, funding and promoting the expanding American repertoire. There is no additional fee to attend the New Works Forum and all conference attendees are encouraged to participate.


Opera Conference 2018 offers many opportunities to develop meaningful, lasting connections with colleagues — not only during sessions and breaks, but in events such as the Sponsor Reception, Network Dinners, Host Company Reception and Under 35 Mixer. Over your four days in St. Louis, you’ll meet people who share your challenges and motivations, and you’ll build relationships that will last long after you return home.


Round out your conference experience by attending an Opera Theatre of Saint Louis performance.  Performances include the Center Stage concert with rising opera stars; Verdi’s 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.)


Whether you plan to attend by yourself or as part of a Team, you’ll secure the lowest rates of the year when you register by the February 8 Advance Registration deadline.  OVI members can take advantage of a OVI two day option available until June 14.  Whichever registration option you choose, there are other events that need to be purchased separately: 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.


Holiday Greetings from OVI

by Barb E on December 17, 2017



National Opera Week 2017

by Barb E on October 15, 2017

Friday, October 27 – Sunday, November 5 | #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.



by Barb E on June 12, 2017

Focus Meeting in Tucson
October 13-15, 2017
Discover Tucson’s unique attractions and explore the operatic, cultural and gastronomic scene that makes this city so unique and comfortable.
Opera Volunteers International invites you to the Fall Focus Meeting!!

     Friday Evening–  Internationally known artist Barbara Rogers will host a welcome cocktail party.   Meet Arizona Opera’s General Director Joe Specter and members of Tucson, Phoenix and Prescott support groups.
Saturday Morning–  Patrick Morganelli, the composer of Hercules vs Vampires, will be our special guest speaker at the OVI Board meeting.
      Saturday Afternoon–  12:30 to 5:00 Take a guided tour of  the Sonora Desert Museum, one of the top ten zoological parks in the country.
Sunday Morning–  Tour the 1692 San Xavier Mission filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings.
Sunday Afternoon–  See Hercules vs Vampires , which had its world premiere in Portland in March 2010.  Written as a companion piece to the 1961 film “Hercules in the Haunted World,” The work integrates the 1961 film by projecting the film in its entirety behind the action on stage.
Sunday After the OperaDine at El Charro Café  famous for their authentic Mexican dishes featuring carne seca, an air dried beef.

Our days will be full but our evenings are free for you to explore Tucson and what it has to offer.  Click here for a more detailed Tucson Focus Meeting agenda.

The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa is our meeting hotel.  A special OVI rate of $189 applies 3 days before and 3 days after the meeting. The cutoff date for the OVI rate is September 13th.

Click here for a printable Tucson Registration form. Please fill out and mail with your check to:
Opera Volunteers International
65344 E Rocky Mesa Dr., Tucson, AZ 85739

For hotel reservations call the Westin La Paloma Resort at 520-742-6000 for the Opera Volunteers International October 2017 rate.
Call Arizona Opera at 602-266-7464 for tickets.  Mention OVI for a discount.



OVI Online Auction

by Barb E on May 1, 2017




Thank you for your participation and for supporting the Matching Grants Program that can give a financial boost to a member group with a project supporting volunteerism in opera.  Details of the program and awardees can be found on the OVI website.


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





January 10, 2017

Opera Conference 2017 is already well into the planning stages.   OVI will again partner with Opera America – this time in “Big D.”  Yes, Dallas is the site of the May 4 thru 8 conference.  This year’s schedule is an opera monster: operas – staged and in concert, live and on film – in Dallas […]

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Beyond Knoxville

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 […]

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Merci, Montreal

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 […]

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February 29, 2016

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 […]

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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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