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Opera Europa News

Post by lennygoran » Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:28 am

Got an email from Opera News that says this among other things-don't know much about it. Regards, Len



The world of opera
One of the reasons for judging our recent spring conference in Antwerp a success was the realisation that it encompassed a wider and more outward-looking world than is sometimes associated with opera.

There was genuine dialogue, both reasoned and impassioned, instead of fixed presentations. It involved creative artists and artistic administrators; independent producers and educationalists; music publishers and marketeers. For a few days, we were a community of individuals united by the purpose of creating a better world for opera.
We want to retain that impetus, and develop it. Hence, the initiative of World Opera Day, announced in Antwerp and due to be realised on 25 October and to coincide with our autumn conference in the European capital of Strasbourg. The idea behind World Opera Day is that it should create awareness of the value of opera for society. That society embraces more than those with an interest in opera and more than the traditional heartland of Europe.
For that reason, we are pleased to be sharing the campaign with fellow associations Opera America and Ópera Latinoamérica and with China’s NCPA, all represented in Antwerp, and we are embarking on partnerships with UNESCO and ITI and national and international organisations.
We urge every member to support and contribute to this world initiative.
Please take a moment to read more about it in this newsletter, because we want your ideas and active contributions to make the campaign strong and inclusive.

At the same time, we shall not be neglecting practical day-to-day concerns. You can read a preview of our new website, including an integrated casting database. This project follows directly from the decision made by the Board and General Assembly in Antwerp.
Below there is a description of our flourishing specialist forums, now expanded to 12 in number, and an outline of their meetings planned for the 2019/20 season. We encourage you to participate and share your expertise at these events.

Nicholas Payne

https://mailchi.mp/opera-europa/summer2019?e=16f36d44e6

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Re: Opera Europa News

Post by John F » Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:15 am

The corresponding American institution is OPERA America, based in New York. Its predecessor was Central Opera Service, sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera National Council; I worked at COS for four years until the Met shut it down in 1990 in favor of OPERA America. These organizations are most valuable as clearing houses for information useful to operatic organizations and professionals. COS published an annual guide to vocal competitions, with information about eligibility, deadlines, etc. They did not run competitions of their own or take positions on artistic issues, their focus being on practical matters - funding, legislation, job vacancies, etc.

Opera Europa, founded in 2002, is more ambitious. It awards the biennial European Opera-directing Prize for young opera directors and design teams up to the age of 35. Nearly all of the winners so far have been German and I'm afraid Opera Europa may be contributing to the growth of Eurotrash, which in Germany isn't considered trash but normal.
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Re: Opera Europa News

Post by maestrob » Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:20 am

Opera America is indeed a valuable organization for professionals in the field. My competition and my studio were listed in the annual guide they publish, and one of their board members was also a judge in my competition.

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Re: Opera Europa News

Post by lennygoran » Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:08 pm

John F wrote:
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:15 am
Opera Europa, founded in 2002, is more ambitious. It awards the biennial European Opera-directing Prize for young opera directors and design teams up to the age of 35. Nearly all of the winners so far have been German and I'm afraid Opera Europa may be contributing to the growth of Eurotrash, which in Germany isn't considered trash but normal.
John thanks for this info. Regards, Len

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