Opera Europa’s first live conference in over two years will take place during the opening days of festival Donizetti Opera 2021. Our hosts have curated an enticing programme of four different productions shared between their two beautiful theatres and encompassing both the upper and lower parts of their thriving city.
Bergamo, which suffered so much during the pandemic, is a potent symbol of renewal, both for its own community and for the wider world of international opera. The theme of the conference likewise encompasses reappraisal of the way our profession should be managed and the responsibilities of leadership, as well as the contribution of artists and how to nurture the next generation of both artists and managers in a sustainable context.
We encourage you to explore details of the day-by-day programme on this and the next three pages; to participate actively in the sessions; to attend the performances at the end of each day; and to take advantage of this opportunity to renew old relationships with colleagues and to make new friends.
Entry to the conference venues are only possible with the "green pass", i.e. proof of full vaccination, a negative PCR or antigenic test (not older than 48 hours), or proof of recovery not older than 6 months. This proof must be shown through a QR code, either on your phone or on paper, and an ID card.
The Festival and Opera Europa closely monitor current developments. You may be assured that all necessary precautions for a safe event will be taken. We will update you in due course about sanitary requirements and testing options at the conference. We advise you to choose refundable booking options for your travel and accommodation.
Bergamo’s Orio al Serio airport is a 20 minute bus ride (line T1) away from the lower town. Plan at least 90 minutes by bus or train from Milano Malpensa or Milano Linate airports.
Bergamo is 1 hour by train from Milano Centrale, 2:30 hours from Bologna Centrale.
Città Alta – Upper town
■ Auditorio Sant’Agostino – Ex-Church St. Agostino, Piazza St. Agostino, Bergamo
■ Teatro Sociale – Via Bartolomeo Colleoni, 4, Bergamo
Città Bassa – Lower town:
■ Teatro Donizetti – Piazza Cavour, 15, Bergamo
The lower and upper town are connected with the bus line T1 or the funicular at Viale Vittorio Emmanuele II. Walking distance is 25-30 minutes.
The participation fee includes all meals in the programme
and 3 performance tickets. Additional tickets are €50 each.
Opera Europa members and ATIT members
First participant €300 €350 (as of 3/11)
Additional participant €250 €300 (as of 3/11)
participant €600 €650 (as of 3/11)
Here is a selection of hotels near the Teatro Donizetti in città bassa. There are many hotels and b&bs in the area, the rates include breakfast but not the city tax.
Please reserve before the mentioned dates via this email address:
Best Western Hotel Piemontese
Piazzale Marconi, 11
Hotel NH Centro
Via Pietro Paleocapa, 1/G
Hotel Mercure palazzo Dolci
Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII, 100
Single room €99
Double room €109
Book before 10 November
Total refund until 72h before arrival.