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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

Chief Programs Officer, OPERA America
The Chief Programs Officer for OPERA America, Laura Lee Everett has more than two decades of experience in opera production management, collaborating with some of the most renowned artists in contemporary opera. She has produced the Opera America Songbook (50 commissioned songs for... Read More →

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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... Read More →
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Laura Kaminsky

Composer of AS ONE (co-librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed), the most frequently produced contemporary opera, with two dozen productions since its 2014 premiere at BAM. Currently working on TODAY IT RAINS (also with Campbell and Reed), commissioned by Opera Parallele in collaboration... 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... 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... Read More →
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Deborah Sandler

General Director, 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... Read More →
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Kathryn Smith

General Director, Madison Opera
Kathryn Smith is General Director of Madison Opera, a Vice Chair of OPERA America's Board of Directors, and Chair of the Women's Opera Network Steering Committee. Under her leadership, Madison Opera has expanded its repertoire with twelve company premieres, created a Studio Artist... 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... Read More →

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