Crossing Bridges

8-9 May 2010


This year, opera houses and their audiences are called to ‘Cross Bridges’: bridges between theatres and their neighbourhoods, between opera and other creative art forms, between cultures. Opera is inspired from the wider world and reaches far beyond theatre walls; this year's European Opera Days highlight the paths that lead to opera.


In Reykjavik, singers from Icelandic Opera rose from the hot waters of Blue Lagoon to surprise pacific bathers with opera tunes.


The AGAO Friends of the Opera livened things up in a café in Pamplona with singers starting famous opera arias from among customers.


Gran Teatre del Liceu played live opera to unsuspecting passers-by in Barcelona metro stations.

Madlenianum Opera in Belgrade cast a bridge between Serbia's many cultures and religions. The highlight of festivities was a performance of the opera Mandragola, that arose from the creative collaboration of people from different cultural and religious backgrounds.


In Tromsø, The World Opera surfed on virtual bridges with open experimental rehearsals of a high-tech ‘distributed opera’.