8 June 2015 at 12.42pm | Comment on this article
At the weekend, the Royal Opera House hosted two days of discussion and debate about the future of opera. Devoted and Disgruntled: What are we going to do about opera? brought together diverse members of the operatic community – audience members, donors, critics, singers, composers, librettists, directors, designers, producers, academics and many more – for a weekend of conversation about the art form.
‘The event was inspiring and galvanizing,’ says Royal Opera Associate Director John Fulljames. ‘There were so many diverse conversations; what emerged was an overwhelming sense that we need to work together better both as individuals and institutions if we want to help an art form, which we all love, to thrive.’
The event was one of a series of Devoted and Disgruntled discussions that look at the future of theatre. Managed by Phelim McDermott and Lee Simpson, Artistic Directors of theatre company Improbable, the discussions use Open Space Technology, a system that allows groups to self-organize and collaborate around a shared concern.
Here's a selection of comments from Twitter:
— Opera still sings (@operastillsings) June 6, 2015
My brain officially on fire now. Excellent! #DDOpera
— Clare McCaldin (@mcmezzo) June 6, 2015
— Jonathan Best (@JonnnyBest) June 6, 2015
— Alex Groves (@AlexGroves_) June 7, 2015
— Tête à Tête (@teteateteopera) June 7, 2015
— John Fulljames (@JohnFulljames) June 7, 2015
— Cheyney Kent (@CheyneyK) June 7, 2015
— Marc Dunleavy (@SharkyMarc) June 6, 2015
— Kara McKechnie (@DrKMcK) June 7, 2015
View all the reports from the session here and do share your thoughts below.