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Help us shape the future of opera

Join us for a weekend of passionate discussion and informal conversation, connecting with others who care about the art form.

By John Fulljames (Associate Director of Opera, The Royal Opera)

13 May 2015 at 11.44am | 7 Comments

Devoted & Disgruntled event run by Improbable. Image © Improbable 2015

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.

Find out more about what to expect.

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.

By John Fulljames (Associate Director of Opera, The Royal Opera)

13 May 2015 at 11.44am

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged debate, Devoted and Disgruntled, discussion, Improbable

This article has 7 comments

  1. Liza responded on 14 May 2015 at 9:30pm Reply

    Sadly, I'm not in London on that particular WE. Are there any plans for a similar (if not the same) event in the near future? I would love to be able to attend!

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 14 May 2015 at 10:49pm

      Dear Liza

      I'm afraid that this is the only event of this kind planned at the moment. Sorry that you can't join us.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  2. Gordon Turnbull responded on 17 May 2015 at 11:09pm Reply

    Since both you and Kasper Holten are convinced that opera MUST be "re-interpreted" to connect with today's generation, however ridiculous the result may be, will the opinions of any other person, or group of people, make any difference to what happens at ROH?

  3. Nita Hamer responded on 18 May 2015 at 12:23pm Reply

    I thank Gordon Turnbull for his response to the article I agree wholeheartedly. If he is right in what he says to what happens at ROH my opinion would count for nothing

  4. John Fulljames responded on 21 May 2015 at 4:13pm Reply

    Dear Gordon,

    Thanks for the comment.

    The idea of the conference is to explore questions exactly like this and discover if everyone else agrees with you. The consequences are of course relevant to not only our thinking at ROH but also opera companies large and small across the UK and beyond.

    I'm not sure I've ever said that MUST be REinterpreted. I do think that opera needs to be INterpreted as interpretation is clearly involved in any act of performance which brings to life a written record of an opera.

    See you there?

    John Fulljames

  5. Pat Apps responded on 25 May 2015 at 5:28pm Reply

    Unfortunately I can't make it. Will you publish the outcome somewhere? One of the biggest problems opera faces is the cost-of productions, singers and others involved and also the cost to the audience. Relaying to cinemas is an excellent idea and helps overcome this problem. You also see so much more detail than in ROH especially if you normally sit in the amphitheatre.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 3 June 2015 at 10:58am

      Hi Pat,

      Yes, there will be coverage following the event, with details of what was discussed.

      Sorry you can't make it!

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

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