Celebrating World Opera Day!

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25 October 2022

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Happy #WORLDOPERADAY! 

Today, on World Opera Day, our community celebrates and promotes the value of opera for society.

World Opera Day is celebrated on 25 October, the birthday of Georges Bizet and Johann Strauss II, composers of possibly the world’s most famous opera and operetta. It is a day when opera companies, along with artists, opera lovers, and opera professionals may show and celebrate the value of the art form. 

The 4th edition of the World Opera Day Campaign proposes to "unbox opera". Beyond the reference to unboxing videos online, ‘unboxing opera’ quite clearly evokes the idea of bringing theatre out of a rigid place and suggests breaking the limits of the art form. Unboxing Opera will give the opportunity to a wider audience to discover new facets of opera, deepen their knowledge about it, and be surprised and touched by the art form.

Stream World Opera Day on OperaVision!

Unboxing Orpheus

OperaVision, the free opera-streaming platform has prepared a special Unboxing Orpheus programme, revealing all facets of the famous myth, with four different versions shared during the month of October.

Orpheus' story is simple and touching. It has fascinated composers for centuries. Orpheus has became the emblem of the artist who rises above earthly worries and brings us closer to eternal truths.

Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice from New National Theatre Tokyo

Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers from Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

Monteverdi’s Orfeo from Garsington Opera

Monteverdi's Orfeo  from Opera North

Golden Crown

OperaVision brings together six cities – Helsinki, Lviv, London, Rome, San Francisco, Warsaw – to celebrate World Opera Day. Young artists in each city will perform a scene from Golden Crown, an opera written by Ukrainian composer Borys Lyatoshynsky in 1923. 

Today, the opera community stands shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine and OperaVision is happy find new admirers for Ukrainian culture across the world.

Opera Europa and OperaVision have launched a fundraising campaign to support career development opportunities for Ukrainian opera professionals, with secondments for Ukrainian artists (singers, stage directors, repetiteurs…), and administrative and technical staff. Your support will help them shape and rebuild the cultural landscape of Ukraine.


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