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Márcia Lessa

European network of opera academies

Young Opera Makers — Programme 2016-2020

Founded by the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence with partner institutions, the enoa network was born from the wish of a number of operatic institutions – opera academies, festivals, foundations and producers – to work more closely together to support the professional integration of the most talented young artists and to support the development of their artistic ambitions.

With the backing of the European Commission’s Culture Programme since 2011 and Creative Europe programme since 2016, enoa has been working to train emerging artists and promote their mobility, while encouraging the creation and performance of new operas all over Europe.

Thanks to its first 5 years of experience, the enoa network is renewing its commitment to artists at the start of their professional careers and launching Young Opera Makers starting in May 2016.

In a rapidly changing industry, where the role of creation, the development of new forms, the exploration of innovative creative processes and audience renewal are among the major challenges for opera professionals, the issue of the training and occupational integration of young creators and performers is of crucial importance.

Young Opera Makers programme’s aim is to give them the keys to their occupational integration and international career by offering them excellent training, with an interdisciplinary and contemporary approach to opera, enabling them to perform and experience creative processes, and increase their visibility and access to international recruitment circuits.

13 member institutions, over 100 young artists and some 300 professionals make up the enoa community.


During those four years, thanks to tailored training courses, consisting of a wide variety of activities hosted by enoa members all over Europe, enoa has supported more than 870 creators and performers, welcomed 86 workshops and artists-in-residencies and supported the creation and production of 9 operas:

— Phone Call to Hades, Cathy van Eck, Blanka Radoczy, Isabelle Kranabetter (2016 – world premiere at the Münchener Biennale, Munich)
— Menuet, Daan Janssens, Fabrice Murgia (2017 – world premiere  at deSingel – Antwerpen, Belgium)
— Erismena, Francesco Cavalli, Jean Bellorini (2017 – new production at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence)
— Il était une fois…La Flûte enchantée, Ana Seara upon W.A Mozart (2017 – world premiere at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel – Waterloo, Belgium)
— i c o n, Frederik Neyrinck, Atelier Bildraum, Sabryna Pierre (2018 – world premiere at the Next Festival – Kortrijk, Belgium)
— The Sleeping Thousand, Adam Maor, Yonathan Levy (2019 – world premiere at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence)
— Be My Superstar, Simon Voseček, Alexandra Lacroix & Yann Verburgh (2019 – world premiere at LOD – Gent, Belgium)
— Le Silence des ombres, Benjamin Attahir, Olivier Lexa (2019 – world premiere at La Monnaie / De Munt – Brussels)
— A Song for the Moon, Mathilde Wantenaar, Béatrice Lachaussée (2020 – world premiere at the Dutch National Opera – Amsterdam)


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