Building Bridges

Our autumn conference will be the first time that one of our conferences has been jointly hosted by member companies in different countries. The choice of Strasbourg and Karlsruhe is symbolic. Sitting on either side of the river Rhine, they embody a link which lies at the heart of united Europe and the friendship of two founder members of the European Union. Strasbourg is both capital of Alsace and of Europe, and home of the European Parliament. Karlsruhe this year celebrates the 350th anniversary of its first theatre.
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World Opera Day

World Opera Day – to promote the value of opera for society

The first ever World Opera Day will be held on 25 October 2019, with an international social media campaign and local events shining the light on Opera’s contribution to citizens' wellbeing. The three main opera associations join forces with encouragements from UNESCO and the International Theatre Institute to remind people of the role of artistic expression and creativity. 




What's on OperaVision?

World Opera Day and more

World Opera Day on OperaVision: Carmen from National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing; Die Fledermaus from Wiener Staatsoper; Don Giovanni from Teatro dell’Opera di Roma; The Barber of Seville from Teatro Municipal de Santiago.

Still available: Der ferne Klang from Royal Swedish Opera; The Bassarids from Komische Oper Berlin; Jenůfa from National Theatre Brno; Sternenhoch from National Theatre Prague; Halka from Poznań Opera; Hamlet from OPERA2DAY; La bohème from National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai; Il trovatore from Teatro Real; Paria from Poznań Opera; L’Oca del Cairo, ossia Lo sposo deluso from Hungarian National Opera; Agrippina from The Grange Festival; La traviata from Icelandic Opera, Anthropocene from Scottish Opera; Opening Gala and Grand Final of the 10th International Moniuszko Vocal Competition from Polish National Opera. Watch them all here.

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Specialist forums

Opera Europa coordinates specialist forums on several areas of work to bring together opera professionals from each field, encourage mutual learning and sharing of good practice, launch common initiatives and create a community network. 
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OE News

A new website, including an Artist, Role & Production database, for Opera Europa members will be launched in 2020

 At its last General Assembly, Opera Europa members voted for the development of a custom-made online database for artists and productions to replace the service currently offered by Truelinked Operabase until the end of 2019. These tools will be part of Opera Europa’s membership services, included in the annual fee.

An important step towards an integrated service accompanies the Board’s decision to develop a new website for our organisation, to be launched in January 2020.


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Carmen Mateu European award for Opera and Dance

Carmen Mateu’s passion and devotion to the arts led the family empire to invest in the creation of the Festival Castell de Peralada, presented every summer thanks to the support of one generous family. The Fundacio Castell de Peralada now launches an award in her memory. Her daughter, Isabel Suqué, and the General Director of the Festival, Oriol Aguilà, are now realising her vision, in collaboration with the European Festivals Association and Opera Europa. Opera Europa has a strong commitment to the development of emerging artists in these fields who represent the future of our arts.

The Carmen Mateu prize of 30.000€ will be awarded annually, alternatively in the fields of dance and opera. The winner will receive a performance opportunity during a future Festival programme.

The 2019 call is for dancers, to be recommended by an EFA or Opera Europa member. Applications close on 15 October. For more information:

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Dates for your diary

Check out the events to look forward to:

23-25/01/20 - Artistic Administration forum, Frankfurt and Bonn

30/01-01/02/20 - Independent Producers forum, Opera Rara festival, Krakow

27-29/02/20 - Joint forum meeting: Costumes, Make-up & Wigs and Technical & Production, Vilnius

26-28/03/20 - Joint forum meeting: Audio-visual & Digital media, Education, Fundraising  and Marketing & Communications, Zagreb

28-30/05/20 - Opera Europa spring conference, Helsinki


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