Institute for Women Conductors

Directory of Women Leaders in Opera

The Hart Institute for Women Conductors is making an impact in the opera world. In just its second year, the Institute caught the eye of national media and was the topic of a PBS NewsHour segment broadcast nationwide on January 31, 2017. The third year of the Hart Institute for Women Conductors will now include an arts administrators track which beginning in 2017 will invite two female executive or general directors each year for a two-week residency. The Hart Institute will also provide a national database of female arts administrators for national and international recruiting companies seeking top talent in the opera field. Below are all the current female leaders by Opera company budget levels.

Budget Level 1  (annual budget > $15,000,00)

Budget Level 2  (annual budget $3,000,000 – $15,000,00)

Budget Level 3  (annual budget $1,000,000 – $3,000,00)

Budget Level 4  (annual budget $250,000 – $1,000,00)

Budget Level 5  (annual budget < $250,000)

The Dallas Opera has worked diligently to prepare this data, but please send corrections, errors and omissions to This information will be updated on a quarterly basis.