Welcoming New Voices in Opera

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August 13, 2023—I recently had the opportunity to watch another great videocast on Arts Engines with Aaron Dworkin. This time Aaron interviewed Marc Scorca, President and CEO of OPERA America.

During the interview, Mr. Scorca shared his vision of what Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Access looks like for the opera community. He sees it as an opportunity to move opera forward and enrich the art form.

“There are so many voices, so many stories that have not been told on the opera stage,” he said during the interview. “Opera will be richer when more people are creating a new American repertoire.”

OPERA America leads and serves the national opera community, supporting the creation, presentation, and enjoyment of opera. It organizes national convenings, conducts research, provides grants, engages in advocacy, and cultivates thought leadership. In addition, the organization offers a variety of programs for artists, administrators, educators, trustees, and people who love the art form. Since joining the organization in 1990, Mr. Scorca has expanded its membership from 120 opera companies to 3,500 organizations and members.

I am thrilled that Aaron continues to reach out to a wide and diverse array of arts leaders to share their perspectives via the Arts Engines’ videocasts on YouTube. It’s a great opportunity to learn from, learn about, or be inspired by what these thought leaders are doing to expand access to the arts. The institutional partners supporting Arts Engines are Detroit Public Television, Ovation TV, The Violin Channel and American Public Media.

The interview with Mr. Scorca is less than 15 minutes in length, which is another reason why the Arts Engines’ videocasts are so accessible. I urge the readers of Arts & Culture Connections to check out the discussion about opera at this link.

As always, I want to know what you think. I invite you to share your comments below.

3 thoughts on “Welcoming New Voices in Opera

  1. I do enjoy Aaron Dworkin’s interviews. Hoping upon the recent decisions made at the Supreme Court that Opera America continues to advocate EDI&A.

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