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Eva Kleinitz

Opera Europa mourns the loss of Eva Kleinitz, who served as the association’s President between 2013 and 2017. She was its first female President, and her selfless dedication and generosity won all hearts. We remember her as unfailingly fair and loyal, as a professional colleague and as a dear friend. Even as she courageously fought illness during recent months, she insisted that Opéra du Rhin should continue to play its part in hosting next autumn’s Opera Europa conference in Strasbourg. We will dedicate the event to her memory.

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The world of opera

One of the reasons for judging our recent spring conference in Antwerp a success was the realisation that it encompassed a wider and more outward-looking world than is sometimes associated with opera. 

There was genuine dialogue, both reasoned and impassioned, instead of fixed presentations. It involved creative artists and artistic administrators; independent producers and educationalists; music publishers and marketeers. For a few days, we were a community of individuals united by the purpose of creating a better world for opera.

We want to retain that impetus, and develop it. Hence, the initiative of World Opera Day, announced in Antwerp and due to be realised on 25 October and to coincide with our autumn conference in the European capital of Strasbourg. The idea behind World Opera Day is that it should create awareness of the value of opera for society. That society embraces more than those with an interest in opera and more than the traditional heartland of Europe.

For that reason, we are pleased to be sharing the campaign with fellow associations Opera America and Ópera Latinoamérica and with China’s NCPA, all represented in Antwerp, and we are embarking on partnerships with UNESCO and ITI and national and international organisations.

We urge every member to support and contribute to this world initiative.

Please take a moment to read more about it because we want your ideas and active contributions to make the campaign strong and inclusive.

At the same time, we shall not be neglecting practical day-to-day concerns. Here’s a preview of our new website, including an integrated casting database. This project follows directly from the decision made by the Board and General Assembly in Antwerp.

Our specialist forums are flourishing, now expanded to 12 in number, Check the agenda for an outline of their meetings planned for the 2019/20 season. We encourage you to participate and share your expertise at these events.

Nicholas Payne         


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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Building Bridges

Next autumn’s 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 – Opera sings for society

Join Opera Europa, OPERA America and Ópera Latinoamérica to celebrate the launch of World Opera Day on 25 October 2019!

The objective of the initiative is to show that opera gives back to society and to raise awareness for the value of the art form.

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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 September. For more information: www.carmenmateuaward.com


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Have a Summer Binge!!

Still available: The Marriage of Figaro, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, l trovatore Teatro Real, Paria Poznań Opera House, L’oca del Cairo, ossia Lo sposo deluso Hungarian State Opera, Agrippina The Grange Festival, Roxy und ihr Wunderteam Komische Oper Berlin, Final - 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition from Polish National Opera, Opening Gala - 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition from Polish National Opera, Khovanshchina from Stanislavsky Music Theatre Moscow, Orfeo ed Euridice from Irish National Opera, Falstaff from Garsington Opera, La Juive from Opera Vlaanderen, Werther from Bergen National Opera, Frankenstein from La Monnaie / De Munt, Ice from Finnish National Opera and Ballet, Juditha Triumphans from Dutch National Opera and Ballet, La Gioconda from La Monnaie / De Munt, Billy Budd from Den Norske Opera & Ballett, La Bohème from Komische Oper berlin... and more!!
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5th International Solomiya Krushelnytska Opera Singers Contest

The contest aims to draw attention to the opera genre and to discover young opera talents of Ukraine and beyond. It will be held in Lviv (Ukraine) from November 12 to November 22, 2019. Applications are now open. 

Final deadline for applying is September 01, 2019

For more information: www.krushelnytska.com.ua

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International competition for stage direction and design in musical theatre in Graz/Styria

The RING AWARD competition offers young artists – who form production teams consisting of a stage director and a stage designer each – an opportunity to subject themselves to the verdict of acknowledged international experts. To reflect its cutting-edge perspective in view of recent developments in staging musical theatre, the RING AWARD invites challenging the concept of a unified work of art and introducing scenic and musical experimentation. Young artists are given the chance to find international resonance for their views on what contemporary musical theatre should be like. 
submission deadline is August 19, 2019
Find out more on www.ringaward.com

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Dates for your diary

Check out the events to look forward to:

23-29/08/19 - Opera Management course, Pesaro

26-28/09/19 - RESEO Conference, Brussels 

1-3/10/2019 - Joint forum meeting: Human Resources & Technical & Production, Palermo

24-27/10/19 - Opera Europa Autumn Conference, Strasbourg & Karlsruhe

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

27-29/02/20 - Costumes, Make-up & Wigs forum, Vilnius

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

28-30/10/20 - Opera Europa spring conference, Helsinki


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