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Opera sings to the World

The year 2018 has been notable for its focus on opera as a global phenomenon.  While Europe may still claim to be its birthplace, it is no longer the sole owner.

Last spring’s World Opera Forum, so generously hosted by Teatro Real in Madrid, was a joyful event enlivened by invigorating arguments about heritage, new work, diversity and advocacy.  It strengthened the bond with our fellow associations Opera America and Ópera Latinoamérica, and reached out to colleagues working in Asia, Africa and Australasia.  The challenge was: where do we go from here?

In September, I visited three cities in Siberia and was struck by the friendship and hunger for closer links from theatres in Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk and Yakutsk.  Two members of Opera Europa’s Board, Mathieu Jouvin and Lauri Pokkinen, were invited to Moscow this November to participate and share our Benchmarking initiative with the Association of Russian Music Theatres.

Our autumn conference, spread across four theatres in Paris, used the theme of Imagination to explore ideas which might contribute towards a more vital role for opera in society today.  You may read some of them in the Paris retrospective on pages 8-9 and 12-13 of this newsletter.

During the Paris conference, I sought, not entirely successfully, to build a consensus for an Opera Advocacy campaign.  It will not be easy but it will be necessary if opera is to survive.  So, I make no apology for outlining a kind of manifesto and action plan on the central pages 10-11 of this newsletter.

Our aim is for the campaign to resonate throughout the world, and we want every member to contribute, so that the year 2019 truly marks a difference when our voice will become a Song for the World.

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Advocacy Campaign

Opera Europa is a democratic association which operates according to the will of the majority of its members.  At the same time, it has a responsibility as a supranational body to coordinate diverse views and to promote opera in the wider world.


Marketing & Communications

Communication Mantle

In late October, marketing & communications staff from opera houses and companies across Europe met at the spectacular Auditorio de Tenerife for an inspirational couple of days talking about storytelling. Between the heavy downpours and bright autumn sunshine, concepts were debated, case studies scrutinised and best practice shared. To give you a flavour of the conversation, here are just a few memories of the forum.



Fundraising & Friends

Opera and Philanthropy in the 21st Century

Join Opera Europa’s Friends & Fundraising forum this spring in Milan when we will return to the country that witnessed the birth of opera to discuss, debate, share knowledge and explore how we can attract and grow this key funding base for opera in the 21st century. 




Social infrastucture

Social infrastructure involves thinking about people.  You build on existing infrastructure to create an urban space filled with graphic art and storytelling.

Read more on David Zahle's approach to conceiving spaces for people >>


Young Opera Professionals in Paris

Our think tank shared provoking thoughts...
Opera houses should open their doors to companies that will find a new way.  Be more open to small companies…  Everyone is afraid, but we have to be positive.

Maxine Devaud, Switzerland/Berlin

Read more of their contributions here >>


Paris autumn conference


Are we crusaders, trying to convince to world to become opera lovers? Let’s not sell out what we stand for to attract audiences at any cost.
Astra Irmeja-Šēfere, Head of Artistic Planning & Production Latvian National Opera
More quotes and presentations from the conference >>


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Operabase and Truelinked

As announced in the autumn newsletter, Operabase, the casting tool created over 20 years ago by Mike Gibb, was acquired through merger last summer by Truelinked, a company founded in Denmark in 2013 by Sune Hjerrild and Jan Pilgaard Carlsen. Their declared ambition is to expand and develop the services in new directions while maintaining the service to opera professionals.

More about the services for 2019 >>

Artistic Administration

The inner workings of the Artistic Administration forum

Opera Europa’s recent Artistic Administration forum seems to answer particular needs for our member. Their listserv has been extremely active in the past few months, on varied topics.

During their last meeting in London at the end of September, participants found they didn’t have enough time to delve into the thrilling topics of their main sessions. 
They will meet again during our Spring conference in Antwerp.


Technical & Production

Technical & Production to Brussels

Opera Europa's Technical & Production forum's next meeting will take place at La Monnaie in Brussels on 7 and 8 March 2019, for the world creation of Mark Grey's Frankenstein directed by La Fua dels Baus.



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How to recognise you are the best

Last summer in Zurich, all OE members were invited to participate in a broad benchmarking exercise exceeding the previous mapping exercise. Nearly 60 members returned their questionnaires showing their brilliant yet extremely confidential figures. Of course you cannot translate the artistic quality your company stands for into a questionnaire, as detailed as it may be. It shows, however, with what means – funding, manpower and material – you are getting there.
What can you find out in our new benchmarking tool? >>

Human Resources

Leadership in Lille

On 4, 5 and 6 October this year, the Human Resources Forum gathered at Opéra de Lille to discuss the topic of leadership.


A year of OperaVision

OperaVision has been streaming operas for over 12 months since the site was launched on 12 October 2017. In this time, the platform has streamed 45 shows, that’s an average of three to four new full-length mostly live performances per month. There have been 40 operas and 5 concerts, galas and competitions. Up until the end of October 2018, we have already counted 1 742 259 video views: 790 931 views for the full-length performances and 951 288 views for bonus videos.




What's on OperaVision?

Don't miss new performances on OperaVision! Subscribe to its e-news here >>

11/01 La Rondine from Lativan National Opera

18/01 Manru from Polish National Opera

27/01 La bohème from Komische Oper Berlin

29/01 Xerxes from Deutsche Oper am Rhein

Still available: Cunning little Vixen from National Theatre Brno, Sleeping Beauty and Sanatorio Express from Finnish National Opera, Die tote Stadt from Komische Oper Berlin, Der fliegende Holländer from Latvian National Opera... and more!!



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The new Opera Europa team

Those of you who attended our Paris conference will have noticed new faces behind Opera Europa badges.  In addition to Elise Lonnet, Roger Flores and Hedd Thomas joining Luke O’Shaughnessy and the OperaVision project, Susanna Werger and Célia Grau reinforce the Opera Europa services. 


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Staying in touch with your peers

On top of the Members’ Address book for individual information, Opera Europa members have a tool to their European colleagues on specific topics. These listservs are an e-mail-based system where, by sending an email to a single address, you reach everyone registered on that listserv. Our specialist forums each have a listserv to communicate not only about upcoming events, but also to share information, ask questions and receive feedback and recommendations.
Please contact susanna@opera-europa.org if you think you are not subscribed to the lists you wish to follow!



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OperaLink e-news for Opera America Partners

Our Partner OperaAmerica is a very busy network in North America with many notable initiatives. Whether you are interested in getting some inspiration in observing how things are run outside of the European slice of the opera cosmos, or evaluating the effects they might have on overall practices, this new roundup e-news might be for you. This quarterly Newsletter is called OperaLink and is designed for OperaAmerica partners all over the globe to stay in touch with the most recent developments within the opera world in North America.


You can subscribe following this link >>>

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Dates for your diary

Check out the events to look forward to:


  • 14-19 December 2018 - Minsk International Christmas Singing Competition
  • 7-8 March 2019 – Technical & Production forum, La Monnaie Brussels
  • 18-20 March - Fundraising & Friends forum, Accademia della Scala, Milan
  • 25-28 April 2019 - Opera Europa Spring Conference, Opera Vlaanderen, Antwerp
  • 2-4 May 2019 – Costumes, Wigs & Make-up forum, Vienna
  • 9-10 May 2019 - Technical Management & Set Workshops forum, Amsterdam
  • 13-14 June 2019 - Audio Visual and Digital Media forum, Stockholm
  • 13-16 June 2019 -  Opera America annual conference, San Francisco
  • 24 -27 October 2019 - Opera Europa Autumn Conference, Strasbourg & Karlsruhe


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