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
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 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. This year the workshop will take place online.

Female creators will have the opportunity to e-meet artists and professionals, such as the playwright Sofi Oksanen, author of the libretto of Innocence, opera which was initially scheduled to have its world premiere at the 2020 edition of the Festival d’Aix but has now been deferred to a later date.


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