Emboldened by members’ response to our live in-person events this spring, Opera Europa is planning a choice of three contrasted gatherings for the coming autumn. The centrepiece will be a 3-day conference with a theme of inclusion and integration, hosted by Hungarian State Opera in its magnificently renovated buildings in Budapest. Either side of that, there will be super-forums of 2 days each in Barcelona and Amsterdam. We thus offer members a choice of dates and locations to accommodate their needs.
Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu will host the Fundraising Plus event in the Catalan capital between 27 and 29 September. It will address issues about the social responsibility of corporate and philanthropic giving, and forge a link with one of the three pillars of the Next Stage initiative: Sustainability. The performance in the theatre on 27 September will be Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in Damiano Michieletto’s production with Sara Blanch, whose dazzling Marie in La fille du régiment will be remembered from Bergamo, as Norina and Carlos Chausson as Pasquale, conducted by Josep Pons.
Full programme and registration details will become available during the summer.
The Budapest conference will begin in the recently re-opened historic Opera House on Thursday 20 October, and that evening’s performance will be of Ferenc Erkel’s emblematic Bánk Bán. It remains at the Opera House on Friday 21 October for working sessions and social events, before moving to the Eiffel Art Studios for Saturday 22 October. This ambitious new complex encompasses studio theatre, rehearsal spaces, production and education facilities under the one roof of this enormous converted railway depot. It provides an exemplary setting to demonstrate the integration of learning and young audiences within an opera and ballet company’s work.
Full programme and registration details will be published in the next newsletter at the beginning of September.
World Opera Day 2022 will follow the themes of the Budapest conference on 25 October, with its advocacy of Unboxing Opera.
Opera goes far beyond a product that can be taken out of a box, but isn’t revealing opera, sharing its content, explaining its functioning, bringing it closer to people, and sharing strong emotions while discovering new art, the mission of World Opera Day?
Contact Celia@opera-europa.org for more information.
Dutch National Opera & Ballet will host the Digital Plus event in Amsterdam between 17 and 19 November. Its aim is to offer expert guidance on capture and rights of digital content, but also to reach beyond the technicalities to place member theatres’ streaming activities and OperaVision Next Generation as a resource to supplement and enhance live performances. This event provides an opportunity to promote our work to stakeholders in the wider world.