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Women Opera Makers Online Workshop

Mentored by Katie Mitchell

15 - 19 April 2024

Conceived by stage director Katie Mitchell, the Women Opera Makers workshop aims to create a space for exchange between women who are evolving in the fields multidisciplinary and music creation to discuss issues of equality between men and women, and more broadly to raise the question of diversity in the opera genre; to address in depth the obstacles and challenges faced by these artists, and to develop tools for facing them. As such, it deliberately encourages the expression of different aesthetics and the creation of new narratives, and values artistic creativity at the highest level.

This year, the Académie d'Aix and mentor Katie Mitchell wanted to give this workshop a universal format, reminding us that it is an important and ever-necessary tool that can be activated at any time and should be multiplied. The online version of this workshop is based on the Académie expertise already tested in 2020, a year marked by the pandemic and during which the Academy's activities were maintained thanks to videoconferencing.

This 8th consecutive edition of the Women Opera Makers Workshop, held in the spring, launches a general call for applications within the enoa network, to which artists invited to take part in the Académie's other residencies in Aix in June and July can also apply. Held online, it also limits the need to travel for ecological reasons, and encourages the development of efficient means of building a professional network at a distance.


The workshop objectives are :

  • To strengthen the artists’ artistic and multidisciplinary network by creating a connection between twelve female artists from different fields of musical creation.

  • To receive personalised advice in career development strategy, to offer guidance about managing sexism in the workplace from mentors and quest speakers

  • To reflect on the function of opera and its aesthetics today.

2 guest speakers are still to be defined.


 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

- once the sending institution gives their approval, the artist must complete the application form on the Academie's website

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



Open call from January 19th to February 11th 2024

The workshop is open to women creators in the field of performing arts and music.

- 15 participants : 4 participants sent by enoa members / 11 participants selected by the hosting institution

No application fee is required.


 Artistic requirements

Please send a short video (6 minutes max) or text (in English or in French ideally or in any language you feel comfortable) answering the following questions:

  • Who are you ?
  • Who are you as an artist?
  • Why opera?


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