2019 Annual Conference: Pioneering the Future of Opera Salt Lake City

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(Please note the date change from the original announced dates)

Conference Schedule

Have a look at the conference schedule to see all of the events offered at this conference:

Conference Schedule


Convention registration is now open. Full information and instructions are located here. Member rates are:

  • Early-bird: $365 through 10/1/18
  • Regular: $390 through 12/1/18
  • Late: $420 after 12/1/18

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Please see also information about travel and lodging, including online hotel reservation.

2019 Salt Lake City Conference Highlights

Stephen Lord
NOA Lifetime Achievement Award

Noted conductor Stephen Lord will be honored with NOA's highest award, a Lifetime Achievement Award, at the banquet on Saturday, Jan. 5.

Stephen Lord has been chosen by Opera News as one of the “25 Most Powerful Names in U.S. Opera” (one of four conductors), and is continually praised for conducting both traditional and contemporary operatic works. For his debut with San Francisco Opera, conducting Rigoletto, one critic observed, “He partnered his singers perfectly and gave everything its proper weight – he was master of the score’s details and the orchestra played superbly for him.” He is currently principal conductor of the Michigan Opera Theater, music director for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and formerly was music director of Boston Lyric Opera. He has also served as artistic director of opera studies at the New England Conservatory, overseeing all aspects of the opera training program and conducting one main stage production a year.

Greer Grimsley
"Lift Every Voice" Award

Soprano Harolyn Blackwell will join the esteemed ranks of recipients of NOA's Legacy Project's "Lift Every Voice" award at the banquet on Saturday, Jan. 5.

One of the brightest stars on stages in the US and abroad, charismatic soprano Harolyn Blackwell has been hailed by audiences and critics alike as a “model of agility, spunk, charm and silvery tone.” Recognized for her expressive and exuberant performances, as well as for her radiant voice, she is making a wide and varied career on opera, concert and recital stages of the world.

Michael Ballam
Keynote Speaker at Opening Lunch

Michael Ballam, Founder and General Director of the Utah Festival Opera Company

Michael Ballam has received critical acclaim with the major opera companies of the USA and a recital career in the most important Concert Halls of four continents. His operatic repertoire includes more than 600 performances of over 70 major roles sharing the stage with the world's greatest singers. At the age of 24, Dr. Ballam became the youngest recipient of the degree of Doctor of Music with Distinction in the history of Indiana University. An accomplished pianist and oboist, he is the Founder and General Director of the Utah Festival Opera Company, which is fast becoming one of the nation's major Opera Festivals. He is the author of over 30 publications and recordings in international distribution and serves on the Board of Directors of four professional Arts organizations.