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by Barb E on May 26, 2014


What a great time we had in San Francisco – the Opera America and Opera Volunteers sessions, the great hotel, the operas (the amazing and historic San Francisco Opera and Opera Parallele) and the OVI, SFO Guild and OA personnel who made it all happen.

OVI’s Sheila McNeill did a splendid job coordinating with OA, and Susan Malott and Belinda Steyer put together the all-time most amazing silent auction and raffle.  The auction and raffle put over $8000 in OVI coffers!!The lucky winner of the raffle is Margaret Genovese, partner in a cultural consulting firm in Toronto.

Friday evening’s diner in the opera house featured the recognition of this year’s volunteer awardees and grant recipients.  Read about them all in the Grants and Awards section of this website.    Photos of all OVI’s events are posted on our facebook page.

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OVI President Rhonda Sweeney and Opera America CEO Marc Scorca

Didn’t get to attend this year’s conference?  See three Opera America sessions on YouTube, including the surprising opening session with Frederica von Stade and Jake Heggie (included below), “Achieving Civic Impact” with Alan Brown and “Re-imagining Impact: the User Experience” with planners and designers including James Buckhouse of Twitter.


San Diego Opera and Issues in the Field: Marc Scorca Defines the New Reality

The startling announcement in March that San Diego Opera planned to cease operations – and the ongoing effort to save the company – sparked an intense national debate about opera’s capacity to thrive in the 21st century.? [click to continue…]


Omaha In The Fall

by Barb E on May 25, 2014

Save the date for this weekend celebration of the arts in Omaha.  The Opera Omaha Guild will welcome the OVI Board and all members on October 16 through 19.  In addition to a performance of “Rigoletto,” they’ve planned visits to an artist studio, a renowned community theater, a history museum, and much more.  Make plans to join us in unexpected Omaha. Omaha Focus Meeting Registration Form



January 13, 2014

OVI and Opera America continue their collaboration with this year’s Opera Conference 2014 in the City by the Bay.  Registrants can participate in special OVI events and a full lineup of workshops, performances and gatherings organized by Opera America.  Click on the image above to access the registration page (and special early bird rates for […]

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October 13, 2013

Each year, organizations and individuals throughout North America delight and engage opera fans old and new with hundreds of free events. From backstage tours to flash performances and YouTube contests, National Opera Week has activities for everyone, everywhere.  Opera America has taken the lead on this exciting annual event.  Opera Volunteers International is a member of […]

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November Meeting in Austin

July 27, 2013

MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND MAKE RESERVATIONS NOVEMBER 21 – 24 The weekend begins Thursday evening with a pre-opera dinner and lecture followed by the Austin Lyric Opera performance of Verdi’s Don Carlo – then, a docent tour of the LBJ Library dinner at Fonda San Miguel Esther’s Follies performance breakfast and a docent tour of […]

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July 13, 2013

EXPERIENCE VERDI’S BICENTENNIAL IN ITALY Join Opera Volunteers International for its October 2013 trip to ITALY Parma – Milan – Mantua – Cremona – Busseto – Soragna – Fontanellato Experience the opening night of “Don Carlo” at La Scala featuring superstar Rene Pape as King Phillip, the Bicentennial Gala Concert at the Teatro Regio, and […]

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Opera Conference 2013: Vancouver

January 20, 2013

“OPERA OUT OF BOUNDS” May 8-11, 2013 OVI And Opera America Join Forces In Vancouver Grab your passport and bring your best ideas to share with opera support groups, volunteers and opera companies throughout North America. The conference begins Wednesday, May 8 (OVI’s Board meets that morning) with the Opening Session and Keynote in the […]

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Opera Volunteers Schedules Trip to Italy

January 20, 2013

CELEBRATE VERDI’S BICENTENNIAL IN ITALY Join OVI on a tour of the heart of Verdi country – Parma, Milan, Mantua, Cremona, Busseto, Soragna, Fontanellato – for eight spectacular days from October 8 through October 15. See and hear Rene Pape in Don Carlo at La Scala, attend the Bicentennial Gala Concert at the Teatro Regio […]

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Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season

November 30, 2012

Opera Volunteers International wishes you a season filled with music and the of joy of sharing

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Board Meeting in New Orleans

September 28, 2012

Board Meeting In New Orleans November 16-18 Join the Opera Volunteers International Board of Directors for the weekend of November 16-18, 2012. Our meeting takes place at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the French Quarter. After checking in to our meeting hotel, join us on Friday, November 16th, as we start the fun with an evening […]

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