First we made plans to meet in Seattle – great food, fantastic cityscape, splendid opera – to celebrate the 2020 Partners in Excellence, Projects of Special Merit and Grant awardees and to enjoy the camaraderie of old friends and new. Then when Covid struck we made plans to see each other in Chicago – great food, fantastic cityscape, splendid opera – in October. Then harsh reality crushed our optimism.
Now we realize that we won’t be ready to gather for face-to–face meetings this spring either. OPERA America, they and we will be planning a unique virtual conference. Opera Conference 2021 will take place online over the course of three weeks beginning May 10.
We’ve also been taking this time to rethink, reimagine, reevaluate – we will have much to talk about. Watch this space for details. In the mean time, wear your mask, practice physical distancing, support your opera company, listen to good music and thank all those on the front lines. And vaccinate. We’re all in this together.