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2020 Opera Creation Workshop

June 22 2020 to June 26 2020
The Académie has adapted and developed new online training programs in order to continue to carry out its mission of training and accompanying young musicians in their professional development. Country borders currently pose a challenge to an artist’s mobility and so it becomes important to create new work spaces and meeting places which allow for the preservation of the vital links and intercultural dialogue at the heart of these programs.
The training programs were created through a process of reflection and ongoing exchange with the artists and pedagogical experts who were initially involved in training sessions that were scheduled to take place in Aix during the 2020 edition of the Festival d'Aix. Through these newly adapted programs, the Académie continues to defend their values which include artistic excellence, innovation, the expression of cultural diversity, and activities which promote social inclusion.

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 usually seeks to define, discuss current values of opera and the tasks it will assume in the future and reflects on opera creation today and on the multidisciplinary aspects that it encompasses. This year, the workshop will take place entirely online over a period of five days and will encourage discussions that reflect on the sanitary crisis that we are all facing at the moment. The discussions will be fueled by the interventions of the stage directors Peter Sellars and Simon McBurney and Professor Didier Sicard who have been invited to speak during the workshop. The workshop itself will be led by the Franco-Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf – elected to the Académie française in 2011.

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.



Amin Maalouf — writer



Simon McBurney —Stage director
Peter Sellars — Stage director
Didier Sicard — Doctor, Professor of Medicine, and President of the National Consultative Ethics Committee from 1999 to 2008