Following months of theatre closures the opera sector has taken the opportunity to reboot. On 25 October join the celebration of a new awakening of the arts.
After a fruitful brainstorming session with our members last March, we have chosen three main themes to structure the next World Opera Day celebration: Green opera; Equal opportunities; and Jobs for the next generation of talent. Opera Europa’s online spring conference showed how important these themes are for the sector, as sustainability, diversity and the future of young artists have been discussed intensively. As active parts of society, opera houses and culture can have an impact and that is why tackling those questions is making a step to create a better future and a healthy society.
The third edition of World Opera Day will take place in a still uncertain context. Opera houses have lived long months of silence to think about their fragile future. Former production models have been challenged, and many have invested thought and time in re-inventing themselves to embody their roles as responsible actors in society. We hope that 25 October will correspond to the launch of new seasons and will be an opportunity to reboot.
Opera Reboot is the idea we would like to propose to you for this year’s World Opera Day slogan. Reboot as the idea of starting again and starting better, with long lasting goals and in harmony with society.
Some ideas from around the world have already emerged for next 25 October: New Zealand Opera will prepare a video to start the day; Azerbaijan State Opera would like to organise a concert with young singers of the region; RESEO is planning to hold webinars on the main topics of this years’ edition…
Please think about how you, as a cultural institution are contributing to the wellbeing of society or how you would like to contribute to it. World Opera Day will be an opportunity to share your initiatives, live or online. We are looking forward to hear about your ideas!
Besides the presence on social media and reporting on your online and live activities, Opera Europa has foreseen a full programme on 25 October:
■ Launch of Next Stage, an initiative that illustrates the will to change of the sector and resonates with the World Opera Day themes
■ Streams from 6 young artists’ programmes, presenting emerging talent from across Europe on OperaVision
■ Final presentation of the Theatre Green Book for sustainable productions, sustainable buildings and sustainable operations