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TIMELINE 10 years

2009

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!

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

2010

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.

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.

 

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

After weeks of hard work, the enoa team submits its application to the European Commission under the Culture Programme.

2011

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. 

Hooray! enoa is granted the large cooperation projects support from the European Commission.

Under the mentorship of 3 renowned composers, the selected workshop participants discuss Italian contemporary opera and present their own opera project.

Acis and Galatea by George Frideric Handel | Directed by Saburo Teshigawara

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.

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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

2012

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.

« 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.

World famous baritone Tom Krause transmits a lifetime experience of singing opera during a workshop on vocal technique.

Les Mamelles de Tirésias by Francis Poulenc | Directed by Ted Huffman & Zack Winokur

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 

Ted Huffman and Zack Winokur create an irresistible version of Les Mamelles de Tirésias

2013

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.

The Dutch National Opera officially enters the network as new co-organiser.

Developed through several enoa workshops, Vasco Mendonça’s first opera The House Taken Over is premiered at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

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« 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

The House Taken Over by Vasco Mendonça | Directed by Katie Mitchell

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

Seven young singers are invited to perfect the various languages of contemporary vocal music.

2014

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.

« 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 

Elena by Francesco Cavalli | Directed by Eric Ruf

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.

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Closing concert of the Composing for Voice and Electronics workshop mentored by Romain Bischoff.

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

2015

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.

“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.

L’Autre hiver by Dominique Pauwels | Directed by Denis Marleau & Stéphanie Jasmin

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

World premiere of Be With Me Now, a quest for love across European opera.

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.  

Be With Me Now | Concept and dramaturgy by Isabelle Kranabetter and Julien Fišera

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

2016

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

Four institutions join the network as new co-organisers: La Monnaie / De Munt, Helsinki Festival, Operosa and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.

A diverse pool of artists meets in Belgrade to be coached on their career plan by Truelinked’s team.

In the presence of composer Jamie Man, Dietrich Henschel and Darren Ross mentor an interdisciplinary workshop of vocal and choreographic training.  

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2017

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.

First residency of the new programme: an in-depth overview of the 21st century creative landscape of opera and music theatre in Belgium.

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José Luis Villalobos

“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

“The composer Daan Janssens and director Fabrice Murgia turn Boon’s Menuet into an ethereal opera trip.” 

Annemarie Peeters, De Standaard

Menuet by Daan Janssens | Directed by Fabrice Murgia

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.

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Trauernacht by J. S. Bach | Directed by Katie Mitchell

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.

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« 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

The first phase of the conducting cycle focuses on working the operatic repertory with soloists.

“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

In collaboration with chorus master Ching Lien-Wu, the six conductors work with the choir of the Dutch National Opera.

Phone Call to Hades by Cathy van Eck | Directed by Blanka Rádóczy & Isabelle Kranabetter

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.

Vincent Beaume

Last session of the conducting cycle focused on working with the Gulbenkian Orchestra.

The workshop on building participatory operas led by baritone and opera maker Anthony Heidweiller inspired several new projects.

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Final concert with the Polish Radio Orchestra and Tomasz Konieczny for the participants of the German repertoire workshop.

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2018

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.

The objective of the third LAB of The Sleeping Thousand was to try out parts of the score and work with the conductor and the musicians.

“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.

Second LAB offered to the creative team (Sivan Eldar and Cordelia Lynn) of Like Flesh, a new opera project re-imagining what relationships could be in our world.

i c o n by Frederik Neyrinck | Directed by Atelier Bildraum

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.

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Il était une fois…La Flûte enchantée by W.A Mozart and Ana Seara | Directed by Heather Fairbairn

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.

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2019

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. 

Third phase of a workshop cycle initiated at the Académie du Festival d’Aix on the Art of the Recital, mentored by Stéphane Degout.

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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.

Maestro and exceptional coach Antonio Pappano is invited to mentor a workshop on Opera Arias at Snape Maltings.

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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

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The Sleeping Thousand by Adam Maor | Directed by 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

Be My Superstar by Šimon Voseček | Concept & direction by Alexandra Lacroix

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

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Le Silence des ombres by Benjamin Attahir | Directed by Olivier Lexa

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

 

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enoa celebrates its 10th anniversary at La Monnaie / DeMunt!

 

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