Opera Europa is the international service organisation for professional opera companies and opera festivals in Europe. It is incorporated in Brussels as a not-for-profit organisation.

With roots going back to 1995, Opera Europa gained its present format and name in 2002, on the merger of the European Opera Network and the Eurolyrica associations.[1] It had 233 member companies in 44 different countries as of October 2023.[2]

Activities edit

For the benefit of its member companies, it runs forums, databases, a quarterly newsletter, and twice-yearly conferences, and offers reciprocal membership benefits with Opera America.[3]

European Opera Days edit

Opera Europa co-ordinates the annual European Opera Days when opera companies across Europe open their doors to the general public, with opera house tours, open rehearsals, talks and special events (both in and outside the conventional spaces). The first European Opera Days were held in 2007, and since then have taken place each year on the weekend closest to the EU's Europe Day, 9 May.[4]

Opera Platform edit

Opera Europa is the lead partner behind the Opera Platform, a service launched in May 2015 to offer free live streams of operas via the web.[contradictory] The three-year project to stream one free production every month received half of its 3.9 million euro budget from the European Union's Creative Europe programme, the other half coming from the 15 opera companies providing the content. The Franco-German TV network Arte is providing the technological platform.[5]

The Opera Platform won the Accessibility category in the 2016 edition of the International Opera Awards.[6] Since 2014, Opera Europa supports the free streaming service OperaVision.[7][8]

European Opera-directing Prize (EOP) edit

Since 2001, in collaboration with the Camerata Nuova e.V. in Wiesbaden, Germany, Opera Europa supports a biennial competition, the European Opera-directing Prize (EOP, in German: Europäischer Opernregie-Preis) for young opera directors and design teams up to the age of 35.[9] The total prize money is 42,500 euros, supplied by Camerata Nuova, with 20,000 euros for the winning concept and have their production mounted by a European opera company.[10][11]

Year Opera Winning team[12] Premiere Sponsoring company
2001 Fidelio (Beethoven) Matthias Lutz (dir),
Julia Hansen (design)
29 April 2002 Hessisches Staatstheater, Wiesbaden
2003 Hans Heiling (Marschner) Andreas May (dir),
David König (design)
28 February 2004 Opéra national du Rhin, Strasbourg
2005 La Cenerentola (Rossini) Thaddeus Strassberger (dir, sets),
Mattie Ullrich (costumes)
22 April 2006 Opera Ireland, Dublin
2007 Rusalka (Dvořák) Johannes Gleim (dir),
Daniela Juckel (design)
30 March 2008 Latvian National Opera, Riga
2009 La finta giardiniera (Mozart) Anna Dirckinck-Holmfeld (dir),
Sibylle Wallum (design)
1 April 2010 Stadttheater Bern
2011 I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bellini) Sam Brown (dir),
Annemarie Woods (design)
27 September 2012 As.Li.Co., Como and tour
2013 Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni) and Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) Second prize; first prize not awarded[13] Stadttheater Klagenfurt
2015 Weiße Rose (Udo Zimmermann) Joint first prize:
Niki Ellinidou (dir),
Nefeli Myrtidi (design)
22 October 2016 Oper Köln
Anna Drescher (dir),
Hudda Chukri (design)
4 November 2016 Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn [de]
2016 La traviata (Verdi) Andrea Bernard (dir)
Elena Beccaro, Alberto Beltrame (design)
October 2017 Festival Verdi [it], Teatro Giuseppe Verdi, Busseto

References edit

  1. ^ Opera Europa website. The beginnings of Opera Europa: a short chronicle Archived August 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Members". Opera Europa. Retrieved 9 October 2023.
  3. ^ Opera Europa website. About Us pages
  4. ^ European Opera Days website Retrieved 13 Aug 2011.
  5. ^ Minder, Raphael (12 May 2015), "Europe Sees Free Streaming of Opera as a Way to Stay Relevant", The New York Times, retrieved 9 October 2023
  6. ^ 2016 winners, International Opera Awards. Retrieved 22 October 2016
  7. ^ "About OperVision". OperaVision. Retrieved 9 October 2023.
  8. ^ "Introduction – Opera Europa public initiatives – OperaVision". Opera Europa. Retrieved 9 October 2023.
  9. ^ "Welcome to the European Opera-directing Prize". Europäischer Opernregie-Preis. Retrieved 9 October 2023.
  10. ^ "The EOP". Europäischer Opernregie-Preis. Retrieved 9 October 2023.
  11. ^ "European Opera-directing Prize". Opera Europa. Retrieved 9 October 2023.
  12. ^ "Auf einen Blick – History", Europäischer Opernregie-Preis
  13. ^ "7th EOP –2013, Europäischer Opernregie-Preis

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