• JoElyn Wakefield-Wright Stage Director Fellowship

    Aspiring opera stage directors, apply by April 15 for the JoElyn Wakefield-Wright Stage Director Fellowship program. Awards of up to $1000 available in support of summer opera stage directing opportunities.

    Pictured: Scene staged by 2015 Fellowship recipient Jen Stephenson at the Druid City Opera Workshop.

  • "Lift Every Voice" Legacy Award

    Jessye Norman this year received a "Lift Every Voice" Legacy Award, recognized at the Gala Banquet at the convention in New Orleans.
  • Save the Date!

    Plan now to attend our next conference in majestic Salt Lake City! January 2-5, 2019

    Have an idea for a presentation? Session proposals are now being accepted, due May 11.
  • Opera Competition

    See the winners of last year's opera production competition, being honored at our annual convention in New Orleans!

    Pictured: Dialogue of the Carmelites produced by Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory

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2019 Conference Salt Lake City

"Pioneering the Future of Opera"

Our next conference will be held January 2-5, 2019, in majestic Salt Lake City at the serene Four-Diamond hotel Little America Hotel Salt Lake City.

Session Proposals

Do you have a great idea for a session you'd like to present at our January 2019 conference in Salt Lake City?

If so, please submit the Session Proposal form by May 11, 2018 for your presentation to be considered.

Conference Program Advertising and Exhibitors

The Conference Program is a valuable reference for the participants and a highly visible publication for those who drop in to experience the many wonderful conference events.

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About NOA

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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.

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Latest News from NOA

2018 Vocal Competition Emily Pogorelc, 1st Place Winner Scholarship Division
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Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition in New Orleans!  The competition finals were held January 6, 2018.

Jan 6, 2018 |
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Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century, was awarded a "Lift Every Voice" Legacy Award from NOA at its New Orleans convention.  It was the first such award to be given posthumously by the organization, in honor of Ms. Anderson's distinguished career and role as a groundbreaking icon for generations of singers.

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A wonderful keynote address by bass-baritone, Greer Grimsley, at the opening luncheon of the New Orleans convention!