Théâtre de l'Archevêché - Ariadne auf Naxos - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2018


July 1 2019 to July 6 2019
Open to journalists who are under the age of 32 at 1st January 2019 – students or young professionals, journalists, musicologists, dramaturges, writers or philosophers – who want to write about the opera in German, Dutch, English or French

The Académie du Festival d’Aix, with the support of the enoa network, is organising a unique workshop on cultural journalism, and more specifically on critical reviews of opera, under the supervision of Dutch dramaturge Willem Bruls (Opernwelt, The Wall Street Journal Europe, etc.) and South African journalist Shirley Apthorp (Financial Times, Opera Magazine, etc.). 

In a context of profound change in the media sector, the Opera & Cultural Journalism Workshop aims to introduce participants to the principles of critical reviews and cultural journalism in opera.

« The continuation of expert professional commentary on music and music theatre is essential for the healthy future of art-form. » Shirley Apthorp & Willem Bruls



Willem Bruls (Netherlands) — Dramaturge
Shirley Apthorp (Ireland / South Africa) — Journalist



This workshop is both a space for reflecting on the work of critics in the field of opera and a practical workshop to improve on the profession of critic. Over the six days of the workshop, participants will take part in different productions of Festival d’Aix. As part of the workshop, each participant will be invited to produce different types of content, some of which may be published on the website of the enoa network.

The workshop is exclusively held in English. Some work sessions may be open to the public.



Raphaëlle Blin (France) — Dramaturge, Musicologist
Jules Cavalié (France) — Musicologist, Musical critic
James Imam (United Kingdom) — Journalist
Michael Kohl (Germany)* — Musical critic
Anna Landefeld Haamann (Germany)* — Student in cultural journalism
Dominika Micał (Poland) — Journalist, Researcher
Isha Ranchod (South Africa) — Journalist
Charles Shafaieh (United States) — Journalist
Eva Van Daele (Belgium) — Musicologist, Researcher

* Participants supported by an institution member of enoa network:
Theaterakademie August Everding (Munich)


This workshop is part of the Young Opera Makers programme of enoa (European Network of Operas Academies) and benefit of the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

With the support of