Opera Management Course

The course will take place from 19 to 24 August 2018. Recommend your promising young professionals for Opera Europa’s sixth Opera Management Course in Poznan!


Last summer, from 20 to 25 August, Opéra de Lille welcomed Opera Europa’s fifth Opera Management Course. Applications for the 2018 edition will open this December.

The course is aimed at young(ish) professionals with potential and ambition to grow their careers in opera by understanding ‘the bigger picture’ of opera production. Participants will benefit from expert lectures on aspects such as Artistic programming and planning, Financial structures and management, HR and administrative issues, Production management, Marketing & Communications, Education and Fundraising.

Following each lecture, they will break out into small groups under the leadership of opera managers to delve into practical issues and considerations and understand the decision processes which influence the management of an opera company. 

This experience will increase their understanding of the various positions and responsibilities within an opera company, give them more confidence in their work and allow them to start building an international network of professional contacts.

Past contributors include: 
Marc Adam (Nice), Philippe Agid (Paris), Bob Brandsen (Amsterdam/London), Gillian Brierley (Glyndebourne/New York Met), Jérôme Brunetière (Aix), Aviel Cahn (Antwerp/Gent), Peter de Caluwe (Brussels), Michael Diem (Bregenz), Serge Dorny (Lyon), Hanna Fontana (Helsinki), Hannah Griffiths (Göteborg), Kasper Holten (London), Andrew Higgins (Glyndebourne), Mathieu Jouvin (Lyon), Daniel Knapp (Bregenz/ San Francisco), Thomas Koch (Stuttgart), Thomas Lauriot dit Prévost (Brussels), Perryn Leech (Houston), Annilese Miskimmon (Aarhus/Oslo), Nicholas Payne, Frédéric Roels (Rouen), Christina Scheppelmann (Barcelona), Cormac Simms (London ROH), Peter Spuhler (Karlsruhe), Karen Stone (Magdeburg), Klemens Thaler (Bregenz), Marisa Vázquez-Shelly (Madrid), Wolfgang Urstadt (Bregenz) and 
Giovanni Vegeto (Como). 

Ideal profile of candidates

■ Aged between 25 and 45 years old 
■ From any department and any position of the opera company
■ Minimum of three years working experience, of which six months in the field of opera 
■ Fluent in English

To apply, candidates must send the following documents before 28 February 2018 to audrey@opera-europa.org:
■ CV in English and photo
■ 200 word personal presentation text 
■ Letter of recommendation from a professional colleague

Practical information

■ The course will take place from 19 to 24 August 2018 at Poznan Opera House
■ Accommodation and meals are included in the participation fee
■ The working language is English
■ All participants will be put up in a hotel, in shared twin rooms or in single rooms
■ Participation fee: 750€ in a shared twin room; 900€ in a single room.
■ Thanks to Fedora, four € 250 scholarships will be made available to help with the costs of participation and travel. For more information, contact audrey@opera-europa.org

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