Katie Mitchell avec Sabine Devieilhe - Répétition d'Ariadne auf Naxos, Festival d'Aix 2018

2020 Women Opera Makers Workshop

June 29 2020 to July 3 2020
Workshop open to women composers, authors, stage directors and conductors who have at least 5 years considerable experience in their respective field

For the fifth year in a row, the Académie du Festival d'Aix is running an empowerment programme for female opera creators – composers, authors, stage directors and conductors – in the middle of their careers.
This 5-day programme is led by the stage director Katie Mitchell and aims to offer tools, support and advice for women working in the opera industry, in order to help them grow stronger in their art, improve their ability to communicate this art, and develop the skills needed to navigate a male-dominated profession.

Thanks to the incredible sense of emulation that reigns at the Festival d’Aix, female creators have the opportunity to meet artists and professionals who are present during the festival period, such as the composer Kaija Saariaho and the conductor Susanna Mälkki, who will be taking center stage at the 2020 edition with the world premier of the opera Innocence.


With the support of


Shortlisting via application
• CV in English and photo
• 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).

All participants must have been working professionally for at least 5 years and have considerable experience in their respective field.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to their personal situation.

APPLY ONLINE — Authors, Stage directors, Conductors
APPLY ONLINE — Composers


APPLICATION DEADLINE — November 15, 2019

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


Workshop, 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.


Do not hesitate to read our Frequently Asked Questionsacademie@festival-aix.com

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