European Opera Digital Project
Welsh National Opera
In Parenthesis - Welsh National Opera
Total project grant (euros)
Percentage of budget funded
1 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2018
Number of partners in project
Opera Europa, Belgium
Association pour le Festival International d'Art Lyrique et l'Académie Européenne de Musique d'Aix en Provence, France;
Association Relative a la Television Europeenne, France;
Finnish National Opera, Finland;
Den Norske Opera & Ballett As, Norway;
Fondazione Teatro Regio, Italy;
Opera National de Lyon, France;
Komische Oper Berlin, Germany;
Royal Opera House Covent Garden, UK;
Stichting Het Muziektheater Amsterdam, Netherlands;
Teatr Wielki Opera Narodowa, Poland;
Wiener Staatsoper, Austria;
Theatre Royal De La Monnaie, Belgium;
Vsia Latvijas Nacionala Opera, Latvia;
The European Opera Digital Project will offer audiences a single, authoritative, accessible ‘go to’ online destination for discovering the whole world of European opera.
This online platform, Opera.EU (a working title), will have far-reaching editorial content, centring on live streams and a wide range of complete performances, subtitled in at least six languages. It will feature full contextual background material (video, text, photographs, music), detailed historical information on individual European houses, selected performance archives, interviews with major artists, and access to manuscript holdings in opera house music libraries.
These rich user journeys, complemented by social media initiatives, will connect and involve audiences with opera in new and deeper ways. The project is led by Opera Europa, the professional association of opera houses and festivals in Europe, and brings together fifteen opera companies from twelve countries. The Royal Opera House Covent Garden is a co-organiser.
The project’s platform will be hosted by ARTE, the French-German cultural TV channel. Piloted by these partners, this initiative has the potential long-term to refresh and reinvent the art form of opera and its relationship to the audience in the 21st century.
Over time it can offer singers, musicians, composers, directors and artists of all kinds a unique opportunity to develop their craft and make new work in digital space, ensuring that this ultimate European art form continues to flourish and grow in the digital age.
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