European network of opera academies

Master class de cheffes - Académie du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2021
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Empowering Opera – breaking boundaries for institutions and artists 2020-2024


After ten years of international cooperation in training and creation, the enoa network (European Network of Opera Academies), of which Festival d’Aix-en-Provence is member, believes that the future of opera in Europe depends on the sector being open to a greater diversity of artists as well as being open to exploring innovative operas telling inclusive stories that reflect the world today.
In September 2020, with the backing of the European Union’s Creative Europe programme, enoa launches its new programme ‘’Empowering Opera: breaking boundaries for institutions and artists’’.

It aims to inspire, support and showcase innovative opera projects which tell new stories that reflect contemporary societies. Its implementation also intends to remove artistic and financial barriers as well as subconscious bias that hinder the appearance of new artistic expressions in all areas of the opera sector, from training and artist recruitment to opera production and programme.

The Empowering Opera project is using these aspects to boost diversity and numbers of artistic expressions throughout the European opera sector and completely transform its practices and working methods.

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