World Opera Day retrospective
The third edition of World Opera Day with its motto ‘Opera Reboot’ seized the opportunity to underline the positive value of opera for society.
The focus on the next generation of artists was particularly well illustrated this year. Besides the OperaVision programme which put 7 young artist programmes in the spotlight on 25 October, opera houses have presented their young artists and young colleagues through video clips or by streaming their performances.
Representing our diverse world is the aim of the arts. Many opera houses and artists have highlighted their will to create equal opportunities on stage, backstage and in the audience with short films or through the topic of their productions. On social media, many and various contributions from all over the world with ‘Happy World Opera Day’ messages resonated with this message.
It is evident that we all have to seek for a greener future, and World Opera Day was an occasion to show the commitment of the opera world to the issue of sustainability. Opera houses presented through their eco-strategies or some of their productions, which are raising awareness on the topic.
25 October also provides an occasion to meet your community by opening your doors or by going out from the theatre. From Open rehearsals to free streams, from discovery activities to open air concerts and interviews in the streets, opera houses have been really creative to find ways to meet its audience.
Opera Reboot was followed worldwide. Besides an online discussion on the three strands held by Association for Opera in Canada, 18 Canadian opera companies have contributed with a special World Opera Day content underlining one of the three topics of the edition. Ópera Latinoamérica and 13 of their members in South America have contributed with special events. Many breath-taking rooftop concerts were shot in various Latin American cities and the first Brazilian opera forum was launched this World Opera Day. OPERA America members were active on social media with #WorldOperaDay messages. Worth a mention is the inaugural concert of Kosovo Opera on 31 October in the framework of World Opera Day. It was the first concert played by the newly created institution, which should start its very first season in autumn 2022.
This year we launched a #WorldOperaDay TikTok challenge, which brought 567,300 views to the OperaVision TikTok channel and generated over 100 #WorldOperaDay contributions around the world.
Activity on World Opera Day
Albanian National Theatre of Opera La traviata by young singers
Wiener Staatsoper Next Generation of talent videos
Sofia National Opera World Opera Day at Sofia Opera
Royal Danish Opera A song a life: Memories, words, and tones from citizens
Opéra Théâtre Metz Métropole Open rehearsal of Frankenstein Junior
Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier Discovery programme of the Theatre
Opera Fuoco: L’univers vocal de Kaija Saariaho masterclass with the composer
Opera national de Paris: Presentation of the Opera Apprenti programme
Réunion des opéras de France Publication of Tous à l’opéra!
Semperoper Dresden Presentation of the Young Artists programme
Staattheater Hannover #FreedomAndSupportForAfghanMusic message
Opera Leipzig Launch of Young Singers’ Development Programme
Greek National Opera opens the streaming platform for free
Hungarian State Opera Opening (Rebirth) Gala Concert at Eiffel Art Studios
Irish National Opera A Thing I Cannot Name stream
Wexford Festival Opera I Capuleti e i Montecchi stream
Teatro Sociale Como Concert for Afghan refugees
Teatro Regio Parma Next Generation of talent video
Fondazione Teatro Coccia di Novara Pazzo per l’opera with Alberto Mattioli
Tokyo Nikikai Opera Foundation Die Fledermaus video
Muziektheater Transparant Questioning gender-related hierarchies in SOLA SOLETTA
New Zealand Opera Sunrise Karanga & Waiata
Opera Trøndelag master class for young singers (15-20 years)
Operaen I Kristiansund Open Il trovatore rehearsal
Oslo Opera Festival Extracts from Elisir d’amore with young singers
Norwegian National Opera & Ballet Young singers’ videos
National Opera & Ballet of North Macedonia Viva la Opera with young soloists
Teatro Nacional de São Carlos World Opera Day recital
Teatro Do Castelo VoxPop videos
Bucharest National Opera House Recital Extraordinar
Teatro Real Open Air concerts on Plaza de Isabel II
Teatro de la Maestranza Young concert - Recital on the roof
OBNC Conference on new technology and AI in opera
Theater St. Gallen Inclusion video
Kyiv Opera Theatre When you can’t go to the theatre, theatre comes to you videos
Scottish Opera Presentation Young Artists
Opera North Opera Connect workshop online
OPERA UK Green, Equal opportunities and next generation of talent online discussions
Launch of Google Arts in 6 French Opera houses: Opéra de Lille, Opéra National
de Lorraine, Opéra National du Rhin, Opéra de Massy, Opéra de Vichy,
Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier.