Katie Mitchell

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Residency open to European composers, authors, librettists, conductors and directors with less than 4 years of professional experience in their field and wishing to pursue a career in opera

Benefiting from the support of the European Union's Music Moves Europe program, the Académie du Festival Aix-en-Provence is launching a pilot program as part of its commitment to fight against gender inequality in the opera field.

Imagined over 15 months, this residency is designed for twelve young European composers, authors, librettists, conductors and directors with less than 4 years of experience in their professional field and wishing to pursue a career in opera. Led by the British director Katie Mitchell, this residency allows these young creators to develop the professional skills necessary to make a place for themselves in this highly competitive sector and to give a European and international dimension to their careers.

The residency offers the selected artists a training program curated to respond to the specific needs of each selected profession including: personalized follow-ups, workshops, immersive internships, personalized exchanges in the form of mentoring and participation in professional meetings. These activities will involve professional artists and actors from the world of opera and will all contribute to providing concrete tools for career development.

The workshops aims at training participants in six key professional skills to stimulate and develop their careers: strategies for managing discrimination in the workplace, skill development, self-assessment, building a career, self-promotion and pathways for developing professional networks and support groups. Immersive internships are invitations to attend different stages of opera creation led by artistic prominent figures, while benefiting from the advice and expertise of these renowned creators.

They will be part of yearly gatherings of cultural professionals during the Festival d'Aix whose objectives are to launch the international career of the participants. Hence, they will be in direct contact with programmers from all over the world and raise awareness in the European opera sector of the challenges of professionalizing young creators and to share experience, lessons learnings and best practices resulting from the implementation of the Young Women Opera Makers program.

Through its content and its commitment, the Académie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence is committed to providing close support to residents in the beginning of their careers and notably create, through the strength of its network, a lasting support for these artists.

Due to the current health crisis, this training will combine e-learning and in-person sessions. Therefore, participants may be required to travel in the future.


Katie Mitchell — Stage director


3 composers, 3 authors or librettists, 3 conductors and 3 stage directors : Clara Baget, Charlotte Corderoy, Ana Cuéllar Velasco, Lanqing Ding, Giuliana Kiersz, Juta Pranulytė, Constança Simas, Mathilde Soulheban, Josephine Stephenson, Kapitolina Tcvetkova, Louise Vignaud and Amanda Wilkin.



First workshop session: 1 — 5 March 2021 (online)
Immersive internships: Mars 2021 — July 2022 (on-site)
Profession-oriented training program: 1 — 6 July 2021 (in Aix-en-Provence)
Gatherings with programmers and professionals: 1 — 6 July 2021 (in Aix-en-Provence)
Gatherings of all participants: July 2022 (in Aix-en-Provence)

With the support of