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The American Opera Project
Founded in 1988, AOP’s mission is to redefine the operatic experience, fusing the multicultural ethos of American music with compelling narratives that are relevant to 21st century audiences.


 National Opera Association
Founded in 1955, the National Opera Association seeks to promote a greater appreciation of opera and music theatre, to enhance pedagogy and performing activities, and to increase performance opportunities by supporting projects that improve the scope and quality of opera.


National Association of Teachers of Singing
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members in the United States, Canada, and more than 35 other countries. 


Founded in 1970, OPERA America has an international membership that includes nearly 150 Professional Company Members, 300 Associate and Business Members, 2,000 Individual Members and over 16,000 subscribers to its electronic news service.

The Association provides members with an array of publications and online resources, regional workshops, an annual conference and network-specific services such as conference calls, listservs and direct contact with staff with expertise in opera production, administration and education.

OPERA America also hosts the Women's Opera Network.  
WON's goals:

  • Increase awareness of and discussion about diversity and gender parity in the field
  • Create action plans to promote the advancement of talented women
  • Become a source of support for emerging female professionals

Competitions, Fellowships, & Grants

Sponsored by the National Opera Association


Sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing


Sponsored by OPERA America

  • OPERA America sponsors several grants including the "Innovation Grant," "Opera Grants for Female Composers," and "New Works Exploration Grants."
  • To see a complete list of grant programs with application information, click OPERA America Grant Programs.


Musical America's 2021 Guide to Competitions