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As a result of a joint reflection about the benefits of a closer cooperation and dialogue between opera institutions, a new European network was born!
16 September 2009, Waterloo
First meeting of the newly born network.
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« We thought that the union of cultures being a real keystone, it was high time for the operatic music institutions to join forces.»
Bernard Foccroulle, former President of enoa (2009-2018)
« Bringing institutions and individuals together enables a vital bond to be formed, universal factors to be linked and methods and ideas to be pooled.»
Emilie Delorme, General Manager of enoa
The network starts organising workshops for young talents, hosted by its founding member institutions and applies to the Culture Programme grant in the hopes of pursuing the mobility and training of the artists as well as supporting co-commissions and co-productions.
22-25 January 2010, Waterloo
Artist journey... Lise Davidsen, soprano (Norway)
2010 – The Bergen National Opera supports her first participation to an enoa workshop.
2013 – Summer in Aix at the enoa workshop on Mozart under the guidance of Susanna Eken.
2018 – She makes her debut at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in Ariadne auf Naxos.
José van Dam mentors the first workshop for singers.
10-11 February 2010, Munich
Fifteen creators gather at the Theaterakademie August Everding for a broad approach on dramaturgy.
« Dramaturge is not a very common profession in Italian theatres, I discovered that in several European countries it is one of the most important figures in theatre productions.»
Tommaso Rossi, dramaturge and former participant
4 October 2010, Brussels
After weeks of hard work, the enoa team submits its application to the European Commission under the Culture Programme.
Thanks to the support of the Culture Programme of the EU, enoa was able to launch an ambitious 5-year programme including 101 workshops, 33 mobility grants, 8 experimentation labs and 7 productions.
1 May 2011, Brussels
Hooray! enoa is granted the large cooperation projects support from the European Commission.
9-11 June 2011, Verona
Under the mentorship of 3 renowned composers, the selected workshop participants discuss Italian contemporary opera and present their own opera project.
20 July 2011, Aix-en-Provence
First performed 20 July 2011
enoa co-producers: Festival d’Aix-en-Provence – Verona Opera Academy
Performed 8 times in Aix-en-Provence and Venezia
Young singers and instrumentalists make up the cast of Acis and Galatea, the first opera performed with the support of the network.
Artist journey... Tomasz Kumiega, baritone (Poland)
2011 – As a student of the Academy of Teatr Wielki, Tomasz Kumiega takes part in vocal technique workshops in enoa
2012 – Named HSBC Laureate of the Académie du Festival d’Aix, he sings on tour in Aix, Warsaw and Munich
2019 – He sings the role of the Prime Minister in Adam Maor’s first opera The Sleeping Thousand
This year saw the revival of Poulenc’s surrealist opera Les Mamelles de Tirésias which hasn’t been seen in Snape Malting’s stage since 1958 when it was played by Britten himself. This successful enoa co-production developed by a young creative team was then adapted in French and presented on tour in Aix, Brussels and Amsterdam.
15-17 February / 5-6 June / 17-21 September 2012, Lisbon
« As part of a workshop organised with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, I wrote my very first piece for orchestra, and then had the chance to compose another work for the same ensemble.»
Daan Janssens, composer and former participant.
Under the guidance of Luca Francesconi, 11 young composers develop their piece for orchestra and voices in collaboration with the Gulbenkian Orchestra.
8-12 March 2012, Madrid
15-21 October 2012, Aldeburgh
First performed 18 October 2012
enoa co-producers: Snape Maltings - Festival d’Aix-en-Provence – Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel
Performed 10 times in Aldeburgh, Aix-en-Provence, Brussels, Amsterdam
One of the ambitions of the network is to stimulate opera creation and support the development of new works. In the summer 2013, the first commission made by the network was premiered.
January 2013, Europe
The Dutch National Opera officially enters the network as new co-organiser.
6 July 2013, Aix-en-Provence
Developed through several enoa workshops, Vasco Mendonça’s first opera The House Taken Over is premiered at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
« I can only wish that what enoa is doing for and with young artists becomes the standard for future networks and initiatives of that kind… I suspect the future European music theatre scene will be flooded with collaborations and projects triggered in one way or another by enoa. »
Vasco Mendonça, composer
First performed 6 July 2013
enoa co-producers: Festival d’Aix-en-Provence – LOD muziektheater - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Performed 15 times in Aix-en-Provence, Anvers, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Bruges, Lisbon
The network has been the place of fruitful encounters: in 2014, the Latvian National Opera performed the world premiere of Mikhail and Mikhail Play Chess, a new opera by two artists who met a few years before at a workshop on opera creation.
29 April 2014, Lisbon
« 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.»
Hannah Beynon, Classical Music Magazine
First performed 7 July 2013
enoa co-producers: Festival d’Aix-en-Provence - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Performed 31 times in Aix-en-Provence, Montpellier, Versailles, Lille, Lisbon, Sablé, Angers, Rennes
Revived by the network in 2013 with a brilliant cast of young singers, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation hosted one of the 31 performances of Elena’s tour.
5 December 2014, Ghent
Artist journey... Jamie Man, composer (UK)
2013 – Snape Maltings recommends her participation to the Opera Creation workshop in Aix.
2014 – She benefits from an enoa mobility grant to assist the conductor of Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus in Amsterdam.
2018 – She is offered an enoa residency at LOD muziektheater
The opera Be With Me Now, which premiered in 2015, was commissioned in the frame of enoa’s fifth anniversary and co-produced by 8 member institutions. The opera was performed in 7 European cities.
7 May 2015, Mons
“Opera is in Europe’s DNA. We should be grateful that enoa – the European network of opera academies – exists to provide guidance and training to those who create it.”
Jorge Calado, Expresso
World premiere of L'Autre hiver, a phantasmagorical opera by Dominique Pauwels.
First performed 7 May 2015
enoa co-producers: LOD muziektheater – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
Performed 22 times in Mons, Antwerp, Ghent, Montpellier, Lille, Tarbes, Martigues, Lisbon, Amiens, Ottawa, Montreal and Luxembourg
7 July 2015, Aix-en-Provence
Artist journey... Isabelle Kranabetter, dramaturge (Germany)
2010 – As a student of dramaturgy at the Theaterakademie August Everding, Isabelle Kranabetter takes part to her first enoa workshop.
2015 – Together with stage director Julien Fisera, she is commissioned a new piece to celebrate the 5th anniversary of enoa: Be With Me Now premieres the 7 July 2015 in Aix.
2016 – In collaboration with Blanka Radoczy, she directs the first production of enoa’s new programme Young Opera Makers: Phone Call to Hades by Cathy van Eck.
enoa co-producers: Festival d’Aix-en-Provence - Snape Maltings - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - Theaterakademie August Everding - LOD muziektheater - Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel - Teatr Wielki-PNO - Dutch National Opera
Performed X times in Aix-en-Provence, Amsterdam, Munich, Lisbon, Warsaw, Paris, Brussels, Aldeburgh
With the support of Creative Europe programme, enoa is able to launch a four-year programme of activities for performers and creators called Young Opera Makers.
11 May 2016, Europe
Four institutions join the network as new co-organisers: La Monnaie / De Munt, Helsinki Festival, Operosa and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.
11-14 October 2016, Belgrade
17-23 November 2016, Waterloo
In the presence of composer Jamie Man, Dietrich Henschel and Darren Ross mentor an interdisciplinary workshop of vocal and choreographic training.
In 2017, three institutions from the network shared their expertise with the aim of proposing an exceptional training course led by Maestro Carlo Rizzi to six conductors at the start of their careers.
4-18 March 2017, Brussels and Ghent
First residency of the new programme: an in-depth overview of the 21st century creative landscape of opera and music theatre in Belgium.
“During two weeks in Belgium we (ed. director Pedro Ribeiro and playwright Lola Gruber) travelled back and forth between 6 cities and had the opportunity to see 14 shows, 7 rehearsals of different productions, to attend 16 meetings, 3 visits to art institutions, 1 workshop and 1 conference.”
Pedro Ribeiro, stage director and artist in residency
19 April 2017, Antwerp
“The composer Daan Janssens and director Fabrice Murgia turn Boon’s Menuet into an ethereal opera trip.”
Annemarie Peeters, De Standaard
First performed 19 April 2017
enoa co-producers: LOD muziektheater – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg – La Monnaie / De Munt
Performed 15 times in Antwerp, Ghent, Breda, Rotterdam, Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg
World premiere of Daan Janssens’s opera Menuet, directed by Fabrice Murgia.
27-28 April 2017, Moscow
First performed 9 July 2014
enoa co-producers: Festival d’Aix-en-Provence - Dutch National Opera - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Performed 15 times in Aix-en-Provence, Amsterdam, Valence, Paris, Arras, Lisbon, Moscow
7th city of the European tour of Trauernacht, an opera based on Bach cantatas, performed by young singers and conducted by a rising star, Raphaël Pichon.
« This is an avant-garde vision that ensures a dynamic future for opera, keeps the enthusiasm of the public alive, and gives young singers the chance to enjoy some incredible opportunities. »
Aoife Miskelly, soprano in Trauernacht
10-14 May 2017, Waterloo
30 May-4 June 2017, Amsterdam
“Young conductors need practical experience in front of a professional opera chorus and orchestra to be able to start an international conducting career in opera.”
Peter van der Leeuw, Former Coordinator Talent Development Opera of the Dutch National Opera
14 June 2017, Luxembourg
First performed 31 May 2016
enoa co-producers: LOD muziektheater – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg – La Monnaie / De Munt
Performed 12 times in Munich, Waterloo, Luxembourg and Aix-en-Provence
Phone Call to Hades, an open air performance for three singers and recorded voices, is presented in the middle of Edmond-Klein Park in Luxembourg.
5-8 July 2017, Lisbon
23-27 November 2017, Amsterdam
The workshop on building participatory operas led by baritone and opera maker Anthony Heidweiller inspired several new projects.
3 December 2017, Warsaw
Final concert with the Polish Radio Orchestra and Tomasz Konieczny for the participants of the German repertoire workshop.
In 2018, enoa offers for the first time in its training programme a workshop mentored by Katie Mitchell aimed at mid-career women artists interested in strengthening their art, their ability to communicate that art and the skills needed to navigate a male dominated profession.
1-3 June 2018, Luxembourg
17 August – 2 September 2018, Helsinki
“The three weeks spent with the Helsinki Festival have given me not only invaluable data and material, but also, surprisingly, a new-found understanding of how 'classical' music can maybe be presented differently, and how a project like this cannot simply be presented in traditional concert form.”
Eugene Birman, composer in residency
Residency for composer Eugene Birman hosted during the stimulating period of the Helsinki Festival.
28-31 October 2018, Aldeburgh
14 November 2018, Kortrijk
First performed 14 November 2018
enoa co-producers: LOD muziektheater – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg – Snape Maltings
Performed 13 times in Kortrijk, Amsterdam, Ghent, Luxembourg, Lisbon, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Aldeburgh
World premiere of i c o n, an immersive opera conceived by Atelier Bildraum, composer Frederik Neyrinck and librettist Sabryna Pierre.
28 November 2018, Madrid
First performed 26 August 2017
enoa co-producers: Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel – Fundacion Albeniz-ESMRS – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Performed 7 times in Louvain-la-Neuve, Waterloo, Luxembourg, Madrid, Lisbon
The opera for children, Il était une fois… La Flûte enchantée, is revived in Madrid with a cast from the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía.
This year saw the world premieres of 4 new operas that were originated in the network. Their development was supported by enoa and its member institutions through several experimentation LABS.
13-15 March 2019, Brussels
Third phase of a workshop cycle initiated at the Académie du Festival d’Aix on the Art of the Recital, mentored by Stéphane Degout.
20-25 May 2019, Lisbon
For their fourth LAB, the creative team of Be My Superstar gathers at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to work with 2 singers, 4 instrumentalists and a class of teenagers.
9-16 June 2019, Aldeburgh
Maestro and exceptional coach Antonio Pappano is invited to mentor a workshop on Opera Arias at Snape Maltings.
6 July 2019, Aix-en-Provence
Artist journey... Adam Maor, composer (Israel)
2012 – Adam Maor participates in the Opera Creation workshop in Aix
2015 – He is invited to Ghent to reflect on the Orpheus myth under the guidance of Martin Crimp
2019 – He presents his first opera at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
World premiere of The Sleeping Thousand (Les Mille endormis) by Adam Maor and Yonatan Levy
First performed 6 July 2019
enoa co-producers: Festival d’Aix-en-Provence – La Monnaie / De Munt – Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg – Helsinki Festival – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel
21 August 2019, Herceg Novi
First performed 14 August 2019
enoa co-producers: LOD muziektheater – Operosa – Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg – Festival d’Aix-en-Provence – Helsinki Festival – Snape Maltings
Artist journey... Alexandra Lacroix, stage director (France)
2017 – She takes part in her first enoa workshop on creating opera for young audience.
2018 – Her new opera Be My Superstar is offered a first experimentation LAB
2019 – She is invited to an enoa residency to work on the opera Carmen
Montenegrin premiere of Be My Superstar, a contemporary tragedy on the theme of bullying by Alexandra Lacroix, Šimon Voseček & Yann Verburgh
25 September 2019, Brussels
First performed 25 September 2019
enoa co-producers: La Monnaie / De Munt – Queen Elisabeth Musi Chapel – Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg - Teatr Wieki-PNO
World premiere of Le Silence des ombres by Benjamin Attahir
2 October 2019, Brussels
enoa celebrates its 10th anniversary at La Monnaie / DeMunt!