Dallas is a city of superlatives — bigger, better, brighter — and all aptly describe the Dallas Arts District, home to The Dallas Opera and the site of Opera Conference 2017. The largest contiguous arts district in the United States, this neighborhood is a dynamic destination for visitors powered by the imagination of local and international visual and performing artists.

About Opera Conference

  • Learning themes are based on priority issues that members have identified through OPERA America’s strategic planning process. Multiple sessions have been designed to address these themes throughout the conference.

    2017 Learning Themes

    • Leadership by Experimentation and Learning
    • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Opera
    • Effective Partnerships and Collaborations
    • Connecting Traditional Works and New Operas to Today’s Audiences

    • General Sessions: Large plenary sessions for all attendees.
    • Think Tanks: Sessions that explore important issues in depth.
    • Toolboxes: Sessions designed to develop practical skills for opera practitioners.
    • Network Roundtables: Network-specific sessions for Professional Company Member (PCM) staff.
    • Seminars: In-depth workshops available for an additional charge, unless otherwise noted.
    • Forums: A series of sessions and related events for artistic and administrative professionals advancing critical areas of the industry.

  • Networks are groups of professionals and volunteers who specialize in particular aspects of the opera field. OPERA America staff serve these networks throughout the year.



    Artistic Administration Laura Lee Everett
    Development/Fundraising Dan Cooperman
    Education/Community Engagement Leah D. Barto
    Finance/Administration/Human Resources Kurt Howard
    General Directors/CEOs Marc A. Scorca
    Marketing/Public Relations Patricia Kiernan Johnson
    Technical/Production Laura Lee Everett/Noah Stern Weber
    Trustees Marc A. Scorca
    Volunteers/Opera Volunteers International Leah D. Barto

    Specialty Tracks and Forums


    Ambassadors Dan Cooperman
    Artists Noah Stern Weber
    Leadership Development Leah D. Barto
    New Works Forum Laura Lee Everett/Noah Stern Weber
    Singer Training Forum Laura Lee Everett
    Women’s Opera Network Laura Lee Everett

  • Our hosts at The Dallas Opera are excited to welcome you to their home city and to Opera Conference 2017! In conjunction with the conference, The Dallas Opera be presenting several performances, all taking place at the Winspear Opera House, which is a 15-minute walk from the conference hotel.

  • Opera Conference 2017 takes place at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, located at 400 North Olive Street in the heart of the city’s Arts District. The hotel is just minutes from the Winspear Opera House, Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center and Klyde Warren Park.

    Book your hotel room by April 10 to take advantage of the special conference rate of $179 per night.

  • Two major airports serve the Dallas–Fort Worth area: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, located 19 miles from the conference hotel, and Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL), located 5 miles from the hotel.

    The Orange Line of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system has direct stops at both the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and at St. Paul Station, which is located just two blocks from the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The ride takes approximately one hour. Taxis are available at both airports, as well.

    Visit the Sheraton Dallas Hotel website for more information about transportation options in Dallas.

Photos of Dallas provided courtesy of the Dallas CVB. All other photos are the property of OPERA America.