An opera company is the sum of many parts. Casts need to be identified, assembled and rehearsed. Contracts need to be negotiated and signed. Sets, costumes and props need to be made, built, purchased or rented. Productions need to be advertised. Venues need to be scouted and booked. Playbills must be created, written and printed.
All this takes people, literally hundreds of people, gifted leadership and talented staff; singers, musicians and conductors; technical crews; set designers, costume designers and graphic designers; lawyers and accountants; photographers, advertising and PR professionals; and countless others somewhere behind the scenes.