European Opera Digital Project

Royal Opera House

Cooperation Projects

England

2014

Total project grant (euros)

1,855,688

Percentage of budget funded

47

Programme

Creative Europe

Sub-programme

Culture

Call number

EAC/S16/2013

Project date

1 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2018

Number of partners in project

17

Partners

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;

Fondazione Teatro Regio, Italy;

Den Norske Opera & Ballett As, Norway;

Finnish National Opera, Finland;

Komische Oper Berlin, Germany;

Stichting Het Muziektheater Amsterdam, Netherlands;

Opera National de Lyon, France;

Teatro-Real, Spain;

Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, Belgium;

Teatr Wielki Opera Narodowa, Poland;

Vsia Latvijas Nacionala Opera, Latvia

Welsh National Opera, UK;

Wiener Staatsoper, Austria

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 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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