The European Opera Days were created to spread awareness, access and enjoyment of opera. For the 2017 edition, we are launching the Opera Panorama project, as a preamble to 2018, European Year of Cultural Heritage. The European Opera Days will take place from 5 to 14 May 2017, spanning over 2 weekends and a full week, to allow more flexibility in the organisation and management of activities to fit with the opera companies’ planning and encourage interaction with schools and universities. 

Opera Panorama

We are inviting opera companies to offer participants a view of what opera means to Europe, and the place it has held and holds today in society. Opera is intrinsically linked to European politics and art history, and is a great resource to better understand our European heritage. There are many paths to approach this issue.

European Opera Days

Each year on the weekend closest to 9 May (Europe Day), opera houses in Europe and beyond open their doors to new and existing audiences to celebrate the art of opera and the talent of those who make it.

The European Opera Days celebrate opera as an art form.
Their aim is to help bring opera into the mainstream of cultural practice and to enhance its appreciation in today’s society. Opera companies were invited to:

- organise free activities for existing and new audiences: creative workshops, guided tours, debates and lectures, open rehearsals, special performances or happenings

- design their activities around a specific annual theme

- include the European Opera Days logo on all their communication tools (posters, flyers, press releases, website, etc) and mention the European Opera Days as an umbrella initiative in their local events. They should provide a link to the dedicated website wherever possible

- convey the press material prepared by the EOD team to their local and national press

- coordinate their action and communication with other participating opera companies in their country

- involve as many departments as possible within the company, celebrating the contributions of all to this form of art. To enhance internal and external communication with the European Opera Days team, a coordinator should be selected within each opera house

- work with local associations in order to implant opera firmly in their social environments and attract new audiences

The Opera Platform is launched

- free, live and on demand


On Friday 8 May 2015, the online community discovered a new platform entirely dedicated to opera. It aims to attract those who already love opera and those curious to try it for the first time.

The European Commission’s Creative Europe programme supports this new website created by a partnership led by Opera Europa, the European association of opera companies and festivals, with cultural broadcaster ARTE and fifteen opera companies: Austria: Wiener Staatsoper; Belgium: La Monnaie/De Munt Bruxelles; Finland: Finnish National Opera Helsinki; France: Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Opéra national de Lyon; Germany: Komische Oper Berlin, Oper Stuttgart; Italy: Teatro Regio Torino; Latvia: Latvian National Opera Riga; Netherlands: Dutch National Opera Amsterdam; Norway: Den Norske Opera og Ballett Oslo; Poland: Teatr Wielki Opera Naradowa Warsaw; Spain: Teatro Real Madrid; United Kingdom: Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera.  This multinational partnership opens new perspectives for opera’s reach in Europe and beyond.

The Opera Platform is available in three languages – English, French and German – and offers free content, rich in information: full opera performances and extracts; synopses and background material; artist interviews and behind-the scenes documentaries.  The opera houses of Europe invite you to discover their archives and their current productions.

The European opera season of the platform adds at least one new opera per month, subtitled in six languages – English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish – and available on demand for six months.  New additional content regularly enriches the offer.

The Opera Platform was launched with the live transmission from Madrid’s Teatro Real of La traviata.  Further showcase operas in the launch month will include Król Roger from Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Kullervo from Finnish National Opera Helsinki and Valentina from Latvian National Opera Riga.

The Opera Platform came to life for the celebration of the ninth edition of the European Opera Days, under this year’s theme ‘Opera alive and online’, and will celebrate the 2016 European Opera Days.

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