In September 1997, Nashville Opera merged with Tennessee Opera Theatre and the Nashville Opera Guild becoming the regions only opera organization, the Nashville Opera Association. In a typical season, the Opera produces four main-stage performances and a six week tour to area schools, holds a three-month residency Young Artist Program for young professional singers and conducts numerous community outreach programs.
Since 1995, when Carol Penterman and John Hoomes became Executive Director and General Artistic Director, Nashville Opera Association has quadrupled its operating budget and increased audience attendance a dramatic 350%. The overall budget for Nashville Opera is $2 million; income is generated through ticket sales, season subscription sales, performance fees, individual donors, corporate donors, foundation awards, and government grants.
Governed by a 43 member Board of Directors and a 20 member Advisory Board, the Opera has a staff of eleven full-time and four part-time employees and a 300-member volunteer Guild. Nashville Opera Association is proud to be the largest opera company in Tennessee and one of the fastest growing opera companies in the nation.