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Community Advisory Council

During the 2020/2021 season Opera Philadelphia created a group of community members from our local Asian community to create a community advisory council. The goal of this council is to:   

  1. provide a space for input from external voices where diverse perspectives can be heard on a consistent basis  

  2. provide important insight and guidance regarding education curriculum and community-engagement opportunities surrounding our artistic work 

  3. provide guidance for Opera Philadelphia’s Marketing and Communication team around marketing materials and audience development.  

  4. consult to help diversify Opera Philadelphia’s creative team season wide 

While the primary focus of the council began as a dialogue around Madame Butterfly and Turandot, the group has also explored ways that Opera Philadelphia might be in collaboration with local artists.   

Opera Philadelphia recognizes the importance of external stakeholders from varying fields in the development, curation, promotion, education, and community engagement of our artistic production. Understanding the need for such stakeholders/partners, Opera Philadelphia will form a Community Advisory Council (CAC) The purpose of the CAC is not to make the decisions, but representatives from the greater Philadelphia community will work with staff to provide insight and advice guiding the exploration of new opportunities. The CAC will influence Opera Philadelphia’s artistic practice, community building, and marketing/communication helping to create an Opera Philadelphia that is dynamic, and equity focused.  By creating a CAC, Opera Philadelphia is agreeing to participate in an ongoing collaborative relationship with members of our local community.  

Current members: 
Emily Sung 
Melissa Dunphy 
Rob Buscher 
Ren Egawa 
Scott Nakamura, DMD 
Niro Nishikawa 
One representative from Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists (PAPA) 

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