• Session Proposals

    Do you have a great idea for a session you'd like to present at our January 2017 convention in Santa Barbara?

    If so, please submit the Session Proposal form by June 17, 2016 for your presentation to be considered.

  • Opera Competition

    Submit your entry in this year's competition by June 30, 2016.

    Eligible productions are those presented between June 1, 2014, and June 15, 2015. The submitting institution or a member of the production staff must be an NOA member.

    Pictured: The Tender Land produced by Lawrence University

  • Santa Barbara 2017

    Save the date!

    Make plans to attend the 2017 NOA Convention, which will be held in sunny Santa Barbara, CA, from January 5-8 at the stunning Fess Parker Hotel.

  • Vocal Competition

    Congratulations to the winners of the annual 2016 Vocal Competition! The competition consisted of two divisions: Artist, for ages 25-40, and Scholarship for ages 18-24, and $8,500 in prizes were awarded.

    Pictured: Jennifer Lindsay, 2016 Legacy Award winner


National Opera Association

Call for Posters

October 1st is the deadline for the Indianapolis Convention's Call for Posters.

As part of NOA’s commitment to the advancement of excellence in opera and musical theatre performance and pedagogy, the annual convention includes a poster session to encourage members, prospective members and friends of NOA to share information about their current research projects.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations on opera-related topics. This session is designed to highlight original research related to performance, pedagogy, composition, and production.

Deadline: October 1, 2015

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to Anthony Radford, at dranthonypradford@gmail.com.


Please see our Call for Posters page for more information.

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2017 Convention Santa Barbara, CA

Fostering Change: Performance and Pedagogy in Opera’s New Millennium

Make plans now to attend our annual convention January 4-8, 2017 in sunny Santa Barbara at the beautiful Fess Parker Hotel, just steps away from the beach.

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Session Proposals

Do you have a great idea for a session you'd like to present at our January 2017 convention in Santa Barbara?

If so, please submit the Session Proposal form by June 17, 2016 for your presentation to be considered.

About NOA

The National Opera Association promotes excellence in opera education and pedagogy through its support of a diverse community of opera educators and professionals.

Who is the diverse community? Opera directors, conductors, librettists, composers, vocal coaches, voice teachers, scholars, administrators, other professionals, and enthusiasts involved in the training and mentoring of young singers in college, university, and conservatory opera programs, as well as community-based and small professional opera companies and young artist programs.

Find out more about us and ways you can get involved!

Latest News from NOA

Opera Production Competition Scene from 2013-2014 production The Rape of Lucretia
Queens College-CUNY
May 8, 2016 |
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Competition deadline approaching soon!! Please note that June 30, 2016 is the deadline for submissions for the 2015-2016 competition cycle for NOA's Opera Production Competition.

Esther Hinds, "Lift Every Voice" Photo credit: Richard Poppino
Jan 11, 2016 |
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Legendary soprano Ester Hinds was honored at the Indianapolis convention's Gala Awards Banquet as the NOA's 2016 "Life Every Voice" Legacy Award winner.

Opera Scenes 2016 Pictured: Dvorak, Rusalka, Act I, sc. 1
DePauw University
Jan 10, 2016 |
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Congrats to the winners of the Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition at the Indianapolis convention!

Recent Opera Reviews

Review: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis presents world premiere of Shalimar the Clown Sean Panikkar as Shalimar in Jack Perla and Rajiv Joseph’s world premiere of Shalimar the Clown, adapted from the novel by Salman Rushdie, at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis 2016. © Ken Howard, 2016
Jun 20, 2016 |
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The 41st season of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis featured four productions produced this past May and June: La bohème, Ariadne on Naxos, Macbeth and Shalimar the Clown. I was fortunate enough to see three of four productions, not having time to see La bohème. [ continue... ]
Review: Seattle Opera presents triumphant production of The Flying Dutchman Photo courtesy: Philip Newton, Seattle Opera
May 9, 2016 |
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Anthony P. Radford
Twenty years have passed since the Toronto Star’s John Fraser described the opening of The Flying Dutchman at the Canadian Opera Company as a “corrosive assault on the imagination that I’m trying to figure out”. William Littler of the same newspaper lamented that in this version there was no ship and no ascent to heaven for Senta and that too much was left to the imagination in this production. [ continue... ]
Review: Portland Opera opens 2016 with a fine Magic Flute Photo courtesy: Cory Weaver, Portland Opera
May 7, 2016 |
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Anthony P. Radford
One of the most interesting struggles being played out in the regional opera companies across the country is how to stay relevant in an increasingly shifting market. The quest for audiences has led companies in various directions, from commissioning new works, to reviving older ones. So when I looked at the Portland Opera’s 2016 season I did so with interest because here was a regional company deciding to open the 2016 season with an old friend, Mozart’s Magic Flute. [ continue... ]