Human Resources Forum in Milan - Opera Europa

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04 May 2023

Milano / Italy

Industry News

Last month, Opera Europa’s Human Resources Forum was hosted by FEDORA Platform Member Fondazione Teatro alla Scala di Milano. This forum brought together opera professionals, experts and guests.

Thursday 4 May 2023

  • The conference was opened with a welcome address by Dominique Meyer, Sovrintendente of Teatro alla Scala, the HR steering group and Opera Europa.

  • Andrea Notarnicola, consultant for Newton S.p.A, and the tutor team presented La Scala’s intentions for a more inclusive hiring process through their inclusivity project.

  • Then, Piroska Stubendek, Deputy HR Manager at Magyar Állami Operaház, Budapest, Hungary, moderated a session on “Internal Communications”, followed by a discussion.

  • Later in the afternoon, guests went to Santa Maria delle Grazie and had the unique opportunity to see the painting Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.

Friday 5 May 2023

  • In the morning, guests had a guided visit of the workshop space Laboratori Ansaldo where they had the chance to see the backstages of La Scala opera productions.

In the afternoon, four sessions were held: 
  • Polly Dufton, HR Manager at the Royal Opera House in London, moderated a session entitled “Comparing data and benchmarking for HR”.

  • Marco Aldo Amoruso, Human Resources Director at Teatro alla Scala di Milano, held a session on “HR in Italy”, that was followed by a Q&A moderated by Paolo Bruno, HR Director at the Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Bologna.

  • Nick Bol, Health & Safety Coordinator, led a conversation on “Creating a safe work environment – from Code of conduct to leadership” with Inga Navickiene, Deputy General Manager and Head of Department at Lietuvos nacionalinis operos ir baleto teatras in Vilnius, and Catherine Tanneau, CEO of Variations International, Corporate Member of FEDORA.

  • This session was followed by a practical application “Applying the code of conduct throughout your company” in break-out sessions.

  • In the evening, guests attended a performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, conducted by Riccardo Chailly and directed by Yannis Kokkos.

Saturday 6 May 2023

  • On Saturday, a discussion was held on “Changing careers in opera” with presentations of the project Opera 360 by Professor Helena Gaunt, Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and of Opera Europa’s Opera Management Course by Karen Stone, Director of Opera Europa.

  • Steven Foulston, Human Resources Manager at the Royal Opera House led a working session on shared values of the HR forum.

  • In the evening, guests attended a performance of Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chenier, directed by Mario Martone and conducted by Marco Armiliato.


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