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Contemporary Interpretation

with Rodula Gaitanou

20 - 25 January 2020


How to create modern world from the old world ?
with Rodula Gaitanou

Understanding the story in today’s context might change the way we look at the conventional repertoire opera pieces. The readings of the text in present time makes us think of universally spread themes and topics, but from the contemporary perspective.


By using opera Rigoletto as an example, we will dig into the world of female emancipation, abuse, gender stereotypes, double standards, disability and class society. We will try to open discussion on all these topics and raise awareness of importance in seeing all of these different opera stories in the relevant way – so they communicate with the audience as any contemporary piece would do.


There is many possibilities and many operas to work on, but this time we will focus on Rigoletto’s quartet and selection of opera arias that are widely performed.


All the participants will be working together on creating active discussions and will gain tools in further contemporary interpretations.


About the mentor:


Rodula Gaitanou - Athens born, Paris trained, London based, international opera director.

Rodula was nominated International Opera Awards Director of the Year 2019. Her Opera Hedeland production of Lucia di Lammermoor was nominated for Best Opera Production in the CPH Awards (Denmark 2019). Her production of Barber’s Vanessa was nominated in the Irish Times Theatre Awards in the “Best Opera” category (Ireland 2017). She was nominated for two Helpmann Awards (Australia 2013) in the "Best Opera Director" and "Best Opera Production" categories for her production of L'isola disabitata presented at the Hobart Baroque Festival.


 Practical informations

Arrival date: 20 January2020

Departure date: 25 January 2020

Subscription’s deadline: 6 January 2020

Location: Belgrade, Serbia

Number of participants: This workshop is open to 6 participants selected by the hos organisation and 6 recommended by member institutions of enoa

Accommodation: 40 euros per apartment 


 Application process

- the artist must be connected to one of the 13 enoa member institutions
- the artist must contact his/her sending institution, which decides if they recommend his/her application
- the hosting institution confirms the list of participants after the registration deadline
- the network assumes the responsibility for the training fees, the costs of accommodation and travel 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to their personal situation.


 Artistic requirements

Each candidate will send by 6 January 2020 its application including

- a curriculum-vitae 
- a recording of 2 contrasting arias


Selection criteria:
- soprano
- mezzosoprano
- tenor
- baritone
- conductor
- stage director


Programme to prepare: 
Rigoletto – Quartet – Act 3
- Aria of choice


Specific expectations: Program should be prepared off score




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