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Opera Creation Journey

Open call

15 December - 03 January 2020


enoa launches an open call for its new programme "Opera Creation Journey". It will offer time and space to creators to develop their innovative opera project.


The network wishes to support projects with new narratives and exploring new storylines, forms and aesthetics that embody the diversity of today’s world and brought by creative teams from all artistic backgrounds made up of a diversity of artistic talents.


The final objective is to allow some of these innovative projects supported by enoa to be eventually commissioned and produced by enoa members and their partners.


Deadline to apply: March 3rd, 2021 (11:59pm French time)


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enoa is a European network of opera academies, composed of 12 members, which supports and accompanies artists in training and creation for 10 years. The network firmly believes that the future of opera in Europe depends on the sector being open to a greater diversity of artists as well as being open to exploring innovative operas celebrating stories that reflect the world today.


Empowering Opera – Breaking boundaries for institutions and artists is our new programme and with it the network will be a driving force for inclusion while empowering the opera world to renew and reinvent itself. To enhance those commitments, all enoa’s members signed a manifesto where the values and beliefs of the network are shared: to discover our manifesto.


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We offer time and space to develop your innovative new opera on our ‘Opera Creation Journey’ through mentorship, research and development time (Labs) and career development.


There are two phases of the selection process:


- Phase 1: up to 10 projects/creative teams will be selected to go through to the second round which involves:


       • a project pitch preparation workshop to better equip your team to advocate for your opera (up to 2 artists per team)

       • a pitching session of your project to the enoa partners before being selected to join the Opera Creation Journey


- Phase 2: your project could then be selected for advancement within the network which will include:


       • a dedicated enoa institution, who will provide support and mentorship for you and the team and your project development,
       • 1 to 3 Labs (residential research and development time for your project hosted by one or several enoa institutions (2 to 5 days per Lab))


If selected, this journey will be bespoke to you and built around the needs of you and your project.


An important element of this programme is about connecting people in person, if for some reason you are unable to take part in person we will try to accommodate digital participation.


The current COVID-19 health situation can impact the implementation of the programme activities. We are fully aware of these possibilities and are currently working on alternative plans if needed.


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Deadline to apply: March 3rd, 2021 (11:59pm French time)
We will not be able to accept late applications. 


Application should be fulfilled online.


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Want to discover our Past Creation Journeys?


You can learn more about our Labs: how it goes and how artists are working within it or listen to artists talking about their creative process, career development and experience within enoa.


You could also discover the creative process behind some enoa's opera - from the creative team very first ideas to a Premiere:

       • The Sleeping Thousand, a political and committed opera by Adam Maor and Yonathan Levy
       • Be My Superstar, an interactive opera about bullying by Simon Voseček and Alexandra Lacroix


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If you want to meet us, you can check the enoa who’s who ?


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Sophie and Lucile at info@enoa-community.com 


 Application process




Each team is expected to submit a project proposal via this online form, including: 


       1. Personal information (first names, names, gender, professions, nationalities and hometowns, contact details of lead contact)


       2. Supporting material for your creative team : 

A short bio of each member of the team (500 words maximum per artist) and two links or files to relevant work/supporting material for each member of your creative team (please submit material that you feel best represents your work eg. sounds, videos, images, texts, etc.)


       3. A project proposal to include:

• A written project presentation (1 page maximum - visual and audio material should be presented in the video of intent)
• A video of intent of 4 minutes maximum, for us to meet you/the team and for you to give us a brief summary of your project and to tell us how your artistic concept and/or team responds to our priorities and why you would benefit from this opera creation journey*
• Multiple choice questions to assess how your project meets our programme commitments and enoa manifesto (more information about those criteria/diversity standards in the full version of this open call)


*If you can’t create this video, it is also possible to send a covering letter (2 pages maximum )


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- To share those documents: you’ll be asked to upload them all on a plateform like Dropbox or Google Drive or use file transfer service like WeTransfer or Smash and paste the link in the form.

- enoa is an European network and, in order to share every application we receive with our members, we need to have an English version of it. Nevertheless, you can submit your video in another language if you add English subtitles to the video.

- Warning: After you've clicked on "Submit" in the online form, your application will be send and we will receive your application so please, make sure to double check it using the arrows before!


Download full application detailed here






✔ Artistic excellence: the network is hoping for artistic concept of the highest standard

✔ Innovation: the network is hoping for projects that will challenge the current opera landscape

✔ Diversity: the network wishes to celebrate a diversity of stories that are relevant today while being complex and non-stereotypical (eg. we are particularly interested in hearing from teams who present stories rarely heard in the world of opera)

✔ Clear project concept and in early stages development




✔ A diverse creative team: at least one, but preferably more, of the project team should be from an under-represented group (or groups) in opera. The network believes that different perspectives foster innovation, creativity and empathy in a way that homogenous teams seldom do.

✔ A team composed of at least a composer / music creator. 

✔ Performers are welcome as long as they apply as creator/project leader

✔ The network is open to every formal or informal artistic background

✔ Team must be able to understand English 

✔ Team must be European based

✔ No age limit




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