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Friday, May 8 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Women in Arts Leadership

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Women are more likely to be the decision-makers when it comes to purchasing tickets, yet women are underrepresented in leadership positions across opera. Learn from prominent women throughout the arts sector about the challenges for achieving greater gender diversity in opera. This session builds on learning from OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers and explores purposeful action to support women in the field.

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Laura Lee Everett

Artistic Services Director, OPERA America
Talk to me about Artistic Administration, Technical/Production, all things New Work, Singer Training and how we can help Artists. And baseball.

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Jane A. Gross

President, On Site Opera
Supporter of young artists through Chautauqua Opera for many years. Currently a member of the OPERA America Board of Overseers, and the Advisory Board of Ardea Arts/Family Opera Initiative. Also one of the funders for Mohammed Fairouz's new opera, BHUTTO, premiering at Pittsburgh Opera in 2018.
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Laura Kaminsky

Composer-in-Residence, American Opera Projects
Recently appointed Composer-in-Residence at American Opera Projects, Laura Kaminsky, a professor in the School of the Arts at Purchase College/SUNY, is a composer with “an ear for the new and interesting” (New York Times), whose music is “full of fire as well as ice, contrasting dissonance and violence with tonal beauty and meditative reflection. It is strong stuff.” (American Record Guide) Her chamber opera, As One, (co-librettists... Read More →
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Anne Manson

Music Director, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Hailed by The New York Times as “the conductor of choice for opera” and singled out by Opera News as part of “Opera’s Next Wave”, Anne Manson has come to the forefront as one of the most exciting interpreters of opera in America today. Of her recent performance in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites at The Juilliard School, the New York Daily News reported that Manson’s “magnificent” conducting... Read More →
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Martha Richards

Executive Director, WomenArts
I will be speaking on the Women in Arts Leadership panel. My organization, WomenArts, works to increase the opportunities and visibility of women artists in all art forms. | | I am the Founder of WomenArts and I am currently celebrating my 20th year as its Executive Director. Prior to WomenArts, I served as Executive Director of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College and as Managing Director of StageWest, a regional... Read More →
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Deborah Sandler

General Director and CEO, Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Deborah Sandler currently serves as General Director and CEO at Lyric Opera of Kansas City. One of a handful of women to lead opera companies, Ms. Sandler previously served as General Director of Opera Festival of New Jersey, in Princeton, NJ for ten years and then as General Director of Kentucky Opera. During her tenure in each of these companies, Ms. Sandler developed institutional resources and capacities resulting in the growth and acclaim... Read More →
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Kathryn Smith

General Director, Madison Opera
Kathryn Smith is general director of Madison Opera and a board member of OPERA America. Under her leadership, Madison Opera has expanded its repertoire, launched a Studio Artist program, and built the Madison Opera Center, a new artistic and administrative home in downtown Madison. "In Business" magazine named her one of the “25 Most Influential People in Greater Madison” in 2014. Smith began her career at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Wolf... Read More →
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Francesca Zambello

Artistic Director, Washington National Opera
Francesca Zambello is the Artistic Director of Washington National Opera. She has directed many WNO productions, including Of Mice and Men (debut in 2001), Fidelio (2003), Die Walküre (2003 and 2007), Billy Budd (2004), Porgy and Bess (2005 and 2010), Das Rheingold (2006), Siegfried (2009), Salome (2010), Show Boat (2013), The Force of Destiny (2013), and the world premiere children’s opera The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me (2013). Since... Read More →

Friday May 8, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Salon A/B - Washington Marriott

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