The artistic services director for OPERA America, Laura Lee Everett has more than two decades of experience in opera production and stage management, collaborating with some of the most renowned conductors, directors, designers and singers in contemporary opera. She produced the Opera America Songbook (a collection of 50 commissioned songs for the opening of the National Opera Center), created the programming series Onstage at the Opera Center, and developed the “Opera Grants for Female Composers” program. She also recently launched the Women’s Opera Network webpage, which features content on gender parity in the arts, women in leadership roles at U.S. opera companies, and other resources. Laura Lee continues to serve and facilitate artistic networks for technical/production, artist training, artistic administration, and new American works across the world of opera.
Her own training as a singer and pianist has fueled her passion for mentoring young artists. Prior to her post at OPERA America, Laura Lee spent ten years as the studio manager at the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland, and eight seasons with the Aspen Opera Theater Center, as well as working on new operas with many of today’s most prolific composers and librettists, at Anchorage Opera, Baltimore Opera, The Dallas Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera Company.