Angel Blue and the National Institute of Social Sciences present ‘What’s Next for Opera?’ webinar

On September 23 at 12pm ET / 5pm BT, the National Institute of Social Sciences (NISS) will present a webinar, ‘What’s Next for Opera?’, with a distinguished roster of industry professionals on the panel.

Joining the webinar panel are:

  • Denyce Graves, international mezzo-soprano, host of Cooking with Denyce, and founder of the Denyce Graves Foundation;
  • Anthony Roth Costanzo, Grammy-nominated international countertenor and winner of the 2021 Beverly Sills Award;
  • James Robinson, former General Director of Opera Theatre St. Louis, Director of the Metropolitan Opera’s Porgy and Bess and Fire Shut Up in my Bones;
  • David Lomeli, Artistic Administrator of the Santa Fe Opera and Casting Director of Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Germany, Creator of The Dallas Opera Network.

Marc Scorca, CEO of Opera America, will moderate the 90-minute webinar.

Angel Blue is a Trustee of the National Institute of Social Sciences. About this webinar, she states: “I immediately wanted to become a part of the National Institute of Social Sciences when I attended their Annual Gold Medal Gala in 2019. The organization’s dedication to celebrating knowledge and improving our world through the study and discussion of societal issues is something that is very important to me. The pandemic has changed society. However, it is organizations like NISS who will be at the forefront of helping our community to remain a strong unit. I’m very honored to be a National Institute Trustee, and I hope that everyone will enjoy the webinar, ‘What’s Next in Opera?’”

The webinar will cover the future of opera, innovation in opera, safety as we move forward with live performances, and ‘to stream or not to stream?, in addition to other items and listener questions and discussion.


The National Institute of Social Sciences (NISS) is one of the oldest not-for-profit honorary societies in the United States, tracing its ultimate origins back to 1865, during the post-Civil War Reconstruction Era. The NISS was independently established in 1912 and later chartered by two separate Acts of Congress ‘for the purpose of promoting studies and researches in the social Sciences’.  Today, the NISS pursues this mission by sponsoring speeches, discussions, and events on pressing social issues, providing direct financial support to emerging scholars in the social sciences, and celebrating the accomplishments of distinguished Americans and world leaders who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of society. For 107 years the National Institute has presented Gold Medals for Distinguished Service to Humanity to extraordinary individuals who have made the highest contribution to the improvement of society. Past Gold Medal Honorees include four U.S. presidents, 16 Nobel Prize winners, and representatives from the social sciences, law, government, education, philanthropy, the arts, medicine, science, and industry. This year’s Honorees are Kwame Anthony Appiah, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Amartya Sen. The NISS is headquartered in New York City.

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