European network of opera academies Young Opera Makers programme 2016-2020

With the backing of the European Commission’s Culture Programme since 2011 and Creative Europe programme since 2016, enoa has been working to train emerging artists and promote their mobility, while encouraging the creation and performance of new operas all over Europe.
The enoa network was born from the wish of a number of operatic institutions – opera academies, festivals, foundations and producers – to work more closely together to support the professional integration of the most talented young artists and to support the development of their artistic ambitions.

After ten years of international cooperation in training and creation, the enoa network of which Operosa is member, believes that the future of opera in Europe depends on the sector being open to a greater diversity of artists as well as being open to exploring innovative operas telling inclusive stories that reflect the world today.

In September 2020, with the backing of the European Union’s Creative Europe programme, enoa (European network of opera academies), launched its new programme ‘’Empowering Opera: breaking boundaries for institutions and artists’’.

It aims to inspire, support and showcase innovative opera projects which tell new stories that reflect contemporary societies. Its implementation also intends to remove artistic and financial barriers as well as subconscious bias that hinder the appearance of new artistic expressions in all areas of the opera sector, from training and artist recruitment to opera production and programme.

The Empowering Opera project is using these aspects to boost diversity and numbers of artistic expressions throughout the European opera sector and completely transform its practices and working methods.

enoa (European network of opera academies)