Launch of an Education forum

Each opera house has a mission and a vision, and it is a great satisfaction to see that, over the past two decades, education has been integrated into the core business of running an opera house, alongside artistic administration, technical and production, human resources management and so many other aspects. It is therefore only logical for Opera Europa to respond positively to its members’ request to service an Education forum.

During its autumn conference in Bucharest, Opera Europa welcomed a group of active and involved Education, Participation, Learning and Empowerment managers. Whatever the title, whatever the branding, they had one common language to present and discuss the work they pursue on a daily basis with various audiences, from school children to adults in prison, from immigrants to families.

A steering group was formed, representing small and big companies from around Europe and beyond, with Jacqui Cameron (Opera North Leeds), Victor Gil Alcocer (Palau des les Arts Reina Sofía Valencia), Hannah Griffiths (GöteborgsOperan), Michela Mannari (Teatro Sociale di Como), Alejandra Martí (Teatro Municipal de Santiago), Anne-Kathrin Ostrop (Komische Oper Berlin), Stéphanie Petiteau (Opéra de Lyon), Lauri Pokkinen (Finnish National Opera) and José Luis Villalobos (La Monnaie Brussels), under the leadership of Barbara Minghetti (AsLiCo / Teatro Sociale di Como).

The steering group will be discussing the next steps for the Education forum during the coming months, and it is planned to have a strong Education forum during our autumn conference from 12 to 15 October 2017 in Parma.


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