Team changes

Members attending the forthcoming conference in Parma will encounter some new faces in the Opera Europa team and will have the opportunity to say thank you, goodbye and good luck to an old friend.

Gérald Philippe, who has been a principal point of contact for many of you as Membership Coordinator, will be leaving us after the conference, in order to take up the challenge of managing operatic projects for Cappella Mediterranea, the inspirational ensemble led by Leonardo García Alarcón, and the Chœur de Chambre de Namur. He will be much missed by his colleagues as well as by members for his unfailingly patient and helpful contribution, including his heroic dedication to collating precise details of nearly 900 productions for the Future New Productions book, but we accept that he deserves a career change after almost eight years of loyal service. Please join us in wishing him the very best for the future at the end of the conference.

Our new Membership Coordinator, Emilie Tack, has already begun work. She brings experience from Bozar in Brussels and the European Commission and a strong commitment to the lyric arts, business practices and European affairs. She will work on our new benchmarking initiative. If you are enrolling for the Parma conference, she may well be in contact with you soon, and I hope that many of you will meet her in Parma and welcome her to our association.

The other new recruits belong to the small group who will be managing the new digital platform which will be launched to replace and develop The Opera Platform in October.

Clio Montrey is a creative administrator and composer from Canada, but with several years’ working experience in Vienna. She will be the new Platform Manager, and is already engaged with the preparation of its content. She will feature in Friday afternoon’s partners’ meeting at the conference, alongside Project Manager Luke O’Shaughnessy, whom you should already know from his work on The Opera Platform during the past three years.

Our communications team, led by Aline Chif since 2013, is being joined by the platform’s dedicated Communications Officer, Elisabeth Lasky, who comes from the Europe Direct Contact Centre in Brussels and adds valuable consultancy experience in communicating events. Both will contribute to the conference session on creating online promotional content on Saturday morning.

This team of five is managed from our Brussels office by Audrey Jungers, my constant colleague at Opera Europa of 14 years, who like me welcomes this autumn’s influx of fresh ideas within our growing association.


Nicholas Payne, 
Opera Europa Director