13 May 2015 at 11.44am | 7 Comments
The Royal Opera House is opening its doors to all members of the operatic community: artists and audiences, administrators and technicians, ROH Friends and critics, newcomers and old hands, for a weekend of conversation concerning the future of opera.
Is opera a part of your life? Do you love it? Hate it? Like any real lover, does opera bring you both joy and exasperation? If so, then perhaps you know what it’s like to be devoted and disgruntled. Would you like to change things? Or preserve what you love? Would you like to connect with others who share your passion, talk to them, listen to them, change how opera is for the better, or help secure its future?
Devoted and Disgruntled uses Open Space Technology to allow the group itself to determine the topics and flow of the discussion, and to take action on the urgent issues. Nothing is censored, and all participants are free to call sessions, attend whichever are of interest, or meet informally over a coffee. It will be facilitated and archived by Improbable who now have a ten-year history of running great events like this; conferences which have helped change the way the arts community communicates with itself.
Whether you prefer sitting in the stalls or standing in the slips, whether you're at the forefront of the opera scene or just curious to see what it's all about, come together with a large cross-section of our operatic community to air your ideas, inspirations, and frustrations. My experience of these events is that they are both fun and informative and they are a great place to watch new ideas beginning to take shape.
Devoted and Disgruntled will take place in the Paul Hamlyn Hall on 6 and 7 June 2015. Tickets are still available.