Katie Mitchell


March 1 2021 to March 31 2022
Residency open to European composers, authors, librettists, conductors and directors with less than 4 years of professional experience in their field and wishing to pursue a career in opera

Benefiting from the support of the European Union's Music Moves Europe program, the Académie du Festival Aix-en-Provence is launching a pilot program as part of its commitment to fight against gender inequality in the opera field.

Imagined over 15 months, this residency is designed for twelve young European composers, authors, librettists, conductors and directors with less than 4 years of experience in their professional field and wishing to pursue a career in opera. Led by the British director Katie Mitchell, this residency allows these young creators to develop the professional skills necessary to make a place for themselves in this highly competitive sector and to give a European and international dimension to their careers.

The residency offers the selected artists a training program curated to respond to the specific needs of each selected profession including: personalized follow-ups, workshops, immersive internships, personalized exchanges in the form of mentoring and participation in professional meetings. These activities will involve professional artists and actors from the world of opera and will all contribute to providing concrete tools for career development.

The workshops aims at training participants in six key professional skills to stimulate and develop their careers: strategies for managing discrimination in the workplace, skill development, self-assessment, building a career, self-promotion and pathways for developing professional networks and support groups. Immersive internships are invitations to attend different stages of opera creation led by artistic prominent figures, while benefiting from the advice and expertise of these renowned creators.

They will be part of yearly gatherings of cultural professionals during the Festival d'Aix whose objectives are to launch the international career of the participants. Hence, they will be in direct contact with programmers from all over the world and raise awareness in the European opera sector of the challenges of professionalizing young creators and to share experience, lessons learnings and best practices resulting from the implementation of the Young Women Opera Makers program.

Through its content and its commitment, the Académie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence is committed to providing close support to residents in the beginning of their careers and notably create, through the strength of its network, a lasting support for these artists.

Due to the current health crisis, this training will combine e-learning and in-person sessions. Therefore, participants may be required to travel in the future.


Katie Mitchell — Stage director


3 composers, 3 authors or librettists, 3 conductors and 3 stage directors


First workshop session: 1 — 5 March 2021 (online)
Immersive internships with Katie Mitchell: Mars 2021 — March 2022 (on-site)
Profession-oriented training program: 1 — 6 July 2021 (in Aix-en-Provence)
Gatherings with programmers and professionals: 1 — 6 July 2021 (in Aix-en-Provence)


Applications must include

One short video or text (in English or in French ideally or in any language you feel comfortable), answering the following questions :

  • — What work do you want to make and why?
  • — Why do you want to wish to work in opera?
  • — Why do you want to be a composer, librettist, conductor or stage director?

The Académie is setting up a dynamic recruitment process across Europe, supported by cultural partners and artistic personalities. 

This residency is intended for women under 32 based in Europe whose professional experience in their artistic field must not exceed 4 years.

The Festival d'Aix-en-Provence supports artists who are currently under-represented in the opera world for historical, cultural or social reasons and seeks to develop their integration into this still too elitist milieu.

APPLY ONLINE — Authors, librettists, conductors and directors
APPLY ONLINE — Composers




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


Master classes, accommodation and travel* fees are covered by the Festival d'Aix. Artists pay for their meals.

Do not hesitate to let us know of any financial, material or organizational difficulties you may have. We will see if it is possible to facilitate your access to this residency or to facilitate your application (e.g.: childcare, additional mobility assistance, interpreter, etc.).

* 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 / Marseilles. Reimbursements are capped by geographical area: €80 (PACA Region), €210 (whole of France), €350 (Europe / Mediterranean), €500 (outside Europe and the Mediterranean)

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