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Since their beginning, the European Opera Days have encouraged participating opera companies to open their doors and invite audiences to discover a theatre and an art form. As always, many theatres will be hosting guided tours of the front of house, but also of the stage and various workshops. Participants will discover how special effects are made, try on costumes and make-up, see sets being built and listen to open rehearsals… An incredible opportunity to understand the ‘making of’ opera. These open doors, guided tours, opera chorus karaoke and ‘opera for dummies’ sessions always have a great success. Every year, opera companies that survey their attendees notice their participants are majorly new visitors, and mostly young ones. The European Opera Days therefore meet a need and create excitement in local communities!
French high notes
This year, the Réunion des Opéras de France has chosen French counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky to carry a youthful and joyful message about opera throughout the country. On top of his endorsement through advertising and interviews for these celebratory days, he will be giving a free concert at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées on 10 May.
Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane is collaborating with Italian opera, showing opera extracts on screens in Italian stations for the weekend.
A Lithuanian journey
Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and Operomanija are putting together a rich programme presented by the various opera-operators of the country, in different venues, including outdoors. The schedule allows the audience to attend all the events as they follow the opera-map, mainly through Vilnius.
Inside Opera: Live
Seven of the UK’s opera companies have joined forces to deliver a unique live event hosted on YouTube offering unprecedented behind the scenes access and insight. Designed for anyone who loves or is new to opera, this ambitious event combines live streamed and filmed footage to take you backstage at the most prestigious opera houses across the country to see rehearsals, hear from its big stars, debunk a few myths and reveal just what goes in to delivering this all-consuming art form, year-round. This live online event, hosted from the Grand Theatre in Leeds, is a chance to experience opera across the UK from the inside and encourages viewers to find out about the opera activity on their doorstep. With English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Northern Ireland Opera, Opera North, Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera, and Welsh National Opera.
A European opera calendar
Twelve European opera companies have come together to produce a sumptuous wall piece – a European opera calendar! Striking production pictures and stunning theatres and stages are on display throughout the year on your own wall. Bregenz Festival (Austria), La Monnaie (Belgium), Royal Danish Theatre (Denmark), Savonlinna Opera Festival (Finland), Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (France), Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Germany),Teatro Sociale di Como (Italy), Latvian National Opera (Latvia), Den Norske Opera og Ballett (Norway), Helikon Opera (Russia), Teatro Real (Spain) and Royal Swedish Opera (Sweden), each occupy a month. The calendar is available from participating companies and on www.operadays.eu.
And of course surprise events
Flashmobs will pop up in various venues around Europe, whether live or on screen. Keep your eyes open!