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Be With Me Now – The Arts Desk [June 2016]

“‘ Stronger together’ is only one of the many messages in this layered hybrid. “

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The substantive terror of The House Taken Over – Le Monde [July 2013]

” The first opera of young composer Vasco Mendonça certainly is an achievement.”

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The pupils (…) explored their voice – La Marseillaise [January 2016]

“Spontaneously drawn into a contagious dynamic, in a joyful and serious manner, the “apprentice singers” enjoyed being tutored by the twelve professional singers of enoa (European network of opera academies) (…).”

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Be With Me Now – Le Cool Lisboa [November 2015]

“Love and music are universal languages; in «Be With Me Now» they go hand in hand on stage.”

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Half monk, half rascal – Trouw [November 2015]

“(…) the whole cast is excellent and gives in this production entertainment on a high level.”

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Twelve young singers turning Poulenc’s one-act play into a dazzling performance – Volkskrant [November 2015]

“Everyone in the cast conquers your heart. Together with the keen choreography by Zack Winokur their professional skills and enthusiasm leads to a swirling energetic performance which makes totally sense these days.”

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Europe united – Opera Now [November 2015]

“Five years ago, just as the global economic crisis struck and the idea of a strong, unified Europe looked decidedly shaky, a group of European opera houses and cultural institutions put their heads together to reinforce shared heritage and values.”

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United through music – Holland Times [October 2015]

“United through music: ENOA sketches future of international exchange for opera.”

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Let’s make a Euro-opera – The Arts Desk [July 2015]

“It’s a curious feeling for a writer to be granted access to the first crucial day on which the team members begin to get to know each.”

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Article published in the New York Times [July 2015]

“All very confusing, but charming too, as delivered by excellent young performers or alumni of the festival’s Académie or other members of Enoa (European Network of Opera Academies), which commissioned the work to celebrate its fifth anniversary.”

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Breathing Shubert in Madrid – mundoclasico.com [May 2015]

“This is the power of music, building bridges to bring people together: a Finnish Maestro coaching Polish and Latin-American students in Spain with the support of the European Commission.”

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Learning the ropes – Opera Now [October 2014]

“(…) the organisation is beginning to make headway and, what’s more, is transforming itself from talking shop to practical promoter with the birth of its first operatic child: a piece called The House Taken Over that was written by Portuguese composer Vasco Mendonça with enoa support, and is now touring the member’s home territories.”

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Mind the gap – Classical Music Magazine [May 2014]

“A number of initiatives have been set up to try and bridge this gap between study and work, one of the most useful being the European Network of Opera Academies (ENOA).”

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An artistic community across Europe – Opera Britannia [January 2014]

“Offering the space for artistic experimentation, exchange and collaboration, these workshops have seen the birth of enoa’s entirely new opera, The House Taken Over, and the creative inspiration behind enoa’s three productions.”

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European Opera – Expresso [October 2013]

“In Europe there is a network (enoa) which seeks to promote the creation and practice of opera. ‘The House Taken Over’ by Vasco Mendonça is the most recent result of its efforts.”

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