Next Stage Initiative - Impact Report by Kearney

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11 April 2024

FEDORA's Activities, Next Stage Initiative

Next Stage Initiative - Impact Report by Kearney 

Three years after the launch of the Next Stage Initiative, FEDORA and Opera Europa led an impact report conducted on a pro-bono basis by the global management consulting firm Kearney to analyse the impact of the Next Stage Initiative.

The Next Stage initiative has been launched by FEDORA and Opera Europa to drive change and recovery in opera and dance. By showcasing transformative activities, combined with expert knowledge scaling, peer-learning and best-practice sharing, this ‘lighthouse project’ aims to not only encourage the entire sector to increase efficiency and reduce costs, but also trigger a positive ripple effect on the socio-economicenvironmental tissue of society to build resilience. The purpose is for opera and dance companies to proactively transform themselves, so that they may become exemplary leaders in the performing arts sectors.  

This report presents the impact, results and key learnings of the first three years of the Next Stage initiative. It provides a holistic overview of the change that Next Stage has initiated through skill-building activities and the five projects that received Next Stage Grants for ambitious ideas around sustainability, inclusion and digital transformation. The aim of this report is to make best practices available for the entire performing arts community and accelerate innovation through learning and collaboration. 

Discover the impact report here

Find out more about the Next Stage Grants Recipients 2022.

XR Stage

Finnish National Opera and Ballet

Creating a digital stage twin to digitalise the entire production process of opera stages.


Irish National Opera

Building an application to synchronise audio and visuals for new performance formats.

Sustainable Costumes

Oper Leipzig

Identifying levers for more sustainable costume design and productions.


Poznań Opera House

Designing a program for integration of migrant in cultural institutions.

Sensory Theatre

Teatro Sociale di Como - AsLiCo

Creating accessible theatre, music and opera productions for spectators with special needs.


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