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Monday, May 8 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Opera’s Paradox: Mission and Business Model FILLING

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“Opera is for all” is a mantra that permeates the field’s messaging about performances and community engagement efforts. Providing access to opera aligns with the nonprofit aspiration to serve the general public and better communities. Yet many practices at opera organizations suggest that “opera is for a select few.” Much of the revenue that supports an opera company’s existence is a result of time-tested efforts that offer exclusive benefits to the highest-level donors. Hear from a range of opera practitioners about how they grapple with this paradox and what strategies companies are employing to harmonize this intrinsic tension.

Moderators
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Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA America
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support of North American operas and opera audiences, and launched an endowment effort in 2000 to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new works and related audience... Read More →

Speakers
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Carrie Ellen Adamian

Director of Marketing and Ticket Sales, The Dallas Opera
Carrie Ellen Adamian’s passion and love of the performing arts began with dancing and singing at the age of 4 years. Her lifelong dedication to the art form carried her to the Broadway stage where she performed in productions that included Tommy Tune’s Grand Hotel and Grease! After graduating from Fordham University, Ms. Adamian’s career took an administrative turn at PACE Entertainment. There, she climbed the... Read More →
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Carol Lazier

Trustee, San Diego Opera
Carol Lazier is a philanthropist and community volunteer. Last year she pledged $1 million to help reinvigorate the San Diego Opera, and assumed the position of Board President. Lazier is the co-founder, lead underwriter, and Board President of Solutions – Exploring Success Post-High School. She has also given her time and resources to such nonprofit organizations as Palomar Health Foundation; the San Diego Symphony, where she served on the... Read More →
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Andrew Morgan

Deputy Director of Development, San Francisco Opera
Andrew Morgan has served in various roles in San Francisco Opera’s development team since 2008, including multiple giving officer positions as well as Director of Individual and Leadership Giving. In his current position as Deputy Director of Development, Andrew oversees a team of 18, covering areas that include Annual Giving, Corporate, Foundation and Government, Donor Services, Individual and Leadership Giving, Special Events, and Donor... Read More →
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Timothy O'Leary

General Director, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Timothy O’Leary has been General Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis since 2008, heading a leadership team that includes OTSL Music Director Stephen Lord and Artistic Director James Robinson.  Mr. O’Leary currently also serves as Chairman of the Board of OPERA America, the national service organization for opera.  He joined the board of Opera America in 2011 and previously served as Treasurer. During Mr... Read More →
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Richard Russell

Executive Director, Sarasota Opera
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Eva Toia

Associate Director of Development and Planned Giving, The Dallas Opera
Eva James Toia has been a fundraising professional in the arts since 1998, when she joined her alma mater, University of North Carolina School of the Arts as Director of Alumni, Career Services and Outreach. In 2009, she returned to her hometown of Dallas, where she served as Director of Development for the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas and later as Director of Development for Dallas Wind Symphony. In... Read More →


Monday May 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Austin Ballroom 1, 2nd Floor

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