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Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía

Dramaturgy in Verdi's Operas

mentored by Johannes Erath

02 - 04 May 2024

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía

This workshop is an opportunity for dramaturgs and stage directors to explore the dramaturgy in Verdi’s operas and the problems we face nowadays when we try to put them on stage, from a contemporary point of view. The workshop will be mentored by stage director Johannes Erath.

“To copy the truth can be a good thing, but to invent the truth is better, much better” – G. Verdi


This well-known quote of Giuseppe Verdi shall be the initial point of the workshop. What means “truth” or maybe better “truthfulness” or “veracity” in an art form, which is in itself highly artificial. Is that not a contradiction?

In which way Verdi might have understood that phrase, what does that mean for each of us nowadays ?

Discussing this question will be the beginning of an interactive journey in Verdi’s universe, this workshop wants to give the opportunity to each participant to melt with this universe for a few days: talking, listening, explaining, observing, role play, pantomime, staging, getting staged…



 Practical informations

Date: From May 2nd to May 4th, 2024

Place: Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (Av. del Professor López Piñero, 1, 46013 València, Valencia)



 Application process

- the artist must be connected to one of the 12 enoa member institutions

- the artist must contact their sending institution, which decides if they recommend their application

- if recommended, the artist must send their application to their sending institution contact

- 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.

The enoa network is actively seeking to support artists currently under-represented in the opera world for historical, cultural or social reasons.

More information on enoa’s commitments



The workshop is open to 8 enoa participants/artists



 Artistic requirements

The participants are kindly asked to send a CV, a cover letter. During the workshop, participants will be able to work with a singer on one of the two arias of Oscar in "Un ballo in Maschera". Please specify in your letter which aria you would like to work on: "Volta la terrea" (act I) or "Saper vorreste" (act III).





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