Blank Out de Michel van der Aa, Festival d'Aix 2019

2020 Opera Creation Workshop

June 23 2020 to July 2 2020
Workshop open to composers, playwrights, authors, stage directors, conductors, scenographers, lighting, costume and visual arts creators... in mid-career, and with or without opera experience.

Offered for several years to young creators from all disciplines, the Opera Creation Workshop is a place for reflection and discussion on artistic opera-related issues. This workshop seeks to define and discuss current values of opera and the tasks it will assume in the future. A process of reflection will take place, focusing equally on opera performance today and on the multidisciplinary aspects that it encompasses. Opera – as a genre, as a artistic offering and as a cultural practice – is the main subject of these discussions.

The Franco-Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf – elected to the Académie française in 2011 – will be responsible for directing the Opera Creation Workshop for the 2020 edition of the Festival d'Aix. A variety of figures have directed this workshop, including the stage director Katie Mitchell, the playwrights Martin Crimp, Willem Bruls and Klaus Bertisch, the composers Péter Eötvös, Philippe Boesmans and Pascal Dusapin.

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



Amin Maalouf — writer





Shortlisting via application
• CV in English and photo
Covering letter in English (2 pages maximum) answering the following questions:
- What is the piece you have made or written that you are most proud of?
- What is the one thing you dream of doing in opera?
- What do you expect from a reflection workshop experience during the Festival d’Aix?
- Where do you imagine yourself in 10 years?
Any items already produced that could help assess your work (score, booklet, mock-up , video, etc.) via SoundCloud, YouTube, Dropbox. Please check the links remain valid until January 31, 2020.

APPLY ONLINE — Composers


APPLICATION DEADLINE — November 15, 2019

All incomplete applications will be rejected.
Application fees cannot be reimbursed.


Accommodation and travel* fees are covered by the Festival d'Aix. Artists pay for their meals.
* Reimbursements of travel fees are made on proof of purchase of a 2nd class return plane or train ticket between the artist’s town/city of residence and Aix/Marseille. Reimbursements are capped by geographical area: €80 (PACA Region), €210 (whole of France), €350 (Europe / Mediterranean), €500 (outside Europe and the Mediterranean)
Thank you for sending your confirmation of reservation (including your hours and places of arrival and departure) at the latest 3 weeks before your arrival.


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