FEDORA - The European Circle of Philanthropists of Opera and Ballet is a non-profit association committed to supporting and contributing to the future of opera and dance in Europe. The association was founded in 2013 in Paris, under the presidency of Jérôme-François Zieseniss, in homage to Rolf Liebermann. FEDORA's main objective is to encourage emerging artists to renew these genres, thus making opera and dance more accessible, while fostering the emergence of new business models. In order to achieve this goal, FEDORA raises funds to stimulate innovation in the sector not only on, but also behind and beyond the stage, fostering its sustainable, inclusive and digital transformation.
Vision and mission
public and private funds raised for new creations
showcased through the prizes on the platform
attended the performances around the world
on the platform
International collaboration and mobility
10 years of impact
Creation of the FEDORA association under the presidency of Jérôme-François Zieseniss and the management of Edilia Gänz, as a tribute to Rolf Liebermann.
Organisational set-up with the support of the AROP - The Association of Friends and Major Donors of the Paris National Opera and the founding members Docteur Léone Noëlle Meyer and Gianmarco Monsellato; preparation of the opera and dance prizes in collaboration with Opera Europa, Van Cleef & Arpels and a private foundation.
Launch of the FEDORA Prizes Competition
1st edition of the FEDORA Prizes Competition with the Award Night at the Paris National Opera in Paris.
2nd edition of the FEDORA Prizes Competition with the Award Night at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Network development.
Partnership with Creative Europe
3rd edition of the FEDORA Prizes Competition with the Award Night at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival. The Generali Group becomes the new Opera Prize sponsor. FEDORA is selected to receive co-funding from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
Launch of FEDORA Platform
4th edition of the FEDORA Prizes Competition with the Award Night at Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich. Launch of the FEDORA Platform generating over 15,000 public votes.
Launch of the FEDORA Education Prize
Launch of the FEDORA Education Prize with the support of a private foundation and in collaboration with RESEO, awarding innovative opera and dance education projects that encourage social integration and intercultural dialogue. 5th edition of the FEDORA Prizes Competition with the Award Night at Teatro La Fenice in Venice.
Launch of the FEDORA Digital Prize
Launch of the FEDORA Digital Prize with the support of Kearney and in collaboration with the IMZ International Music + Media Centre together with a pilot project of an online transnational giving platform in collaboration with Transnational Giving Europe.
Launch of the Next Stage Initiative
In October 2021, FEDORA & Opera Europa announce the launch of the Next Stage Initiative to boost knowledge and encourage green, inclusive, and digital transformative initiatives behind and beyond the stage. Online Award Ceremony hosted at La Monnaie/De Munt. FEDORA becomes a partner of the New European Bauhaus, initiated by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
Launch of the Next Stage Grants & FEDORA Prizes Biennale
Launch of the Next Stage Grants, with the support of a private foundation, in collaboration with Opera Europa, and of the first edition of the FEDORA Prizes Biennale. FEDORA is selected for the second time to receive support from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Carlara International becomes the Education Prize sponsor.
FEDORA’s 10-year anniversary
The Silver Company becomes the new Opera Prize sponsor. FEDORA celebrates 10 years of impact, renewal and change for the opera and dance sector while spotlighting the stakeholders who form this unique community. The celebrations are launched during the FEDORA Prizes Biennale Award Ceremony at the Palais Garnier in Paris, on 10 February 2023.