• 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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National Opera Association

Chamber Opera Composition Winner


Congratulations to the finalists of the NOA Chamber Opera Competition!  Portions of each were chosen last month.  The finalists are:

  • The Dawn Makers by Allen Shearer, composer, Claudia Stevens, librettist
  • The Clever Artifice of Harriet and Margaret by Leanna Kirchoff, composer and librettist
  • The Lady of Shalott by Christopher Weiss, composer, S. O’Duinn Magee, librettist. 
Portions of each will be produced at the national convention by the UNCG Opera Theatre in collaboration with the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.  The winning opera will be presented in its entirety at our national convention in 2016.
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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.

Chamber Composition Deadline Scene from 2014-2016 winner The Clever Artifice of Harriet and Margaret
Leanna Kirchoff, Composer and Librettist
Mar 9, 2016 |
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Competition deadline approaching soon!! Please note that May 1, 2016 is the deadline for submissions for the 2016-2018 competition cycle for NOA's Chamber Opera Composition 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.

Recent Opera Reviews

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... ]