No less than three performances co-produced by Operadagen Rotterdam have been included on the shortlist of sixteen projects for the FEDORA – GENERALI Prize for Opera, a prominent award for 'new opera creations of excellence'. Harriet, Prisoner of the State, and We, the drowned each stand a chance of winning €150,000 for further development. The nominations serve as an acknowledgement of Operadagen Rotterdam's growing role as a co-producer and its enthusiasm for investing in talented makers. The festival collaborates with experienced producing organisations on developing new performances and showing them to the public. The winner, partly decided by public vote, will be announced in June 2018. Voting is now open via the FEDORA website.
The FEDORA – GENERALI Prize for Opera was founded in 2015 by FEDORA, the international non-profit organisation for supporting young opera and ballet talents. That same year Operadagen Rotterdam was awarded the top prize for the project Private View. A collaboration between two or more partners from different countries is an important criterion for awarding the prize. Operadagen Rotterdam joined forces with Muziektheater Transparant (Harriet), De Doelen (Prisoner of the State), and Walpurgis (We, the drowned) to realize the eligible productions, which can be seen during Operadagen Rotterdam in 2019 and 2020.
ODR co-productions in European Capitals of Culture Two of Operadagen Rotterdam's other co-productions, which are also creating international waves, will be staged in both European Capitals of Culture this year. Façade: The last days of Mata Hari is part of the official opening programme of Leeuwarden- Fryslân Cultural Capital of Europe 2018. The Dutch premiere takes place in Heerenveen on 26 January. The 'culinary performance' Nightshade: Aubergine featuring the American star soprano Claron McFadden – which was a resounding success at Operadagen Rotterdam 2017 – will be performed in Valletta (Malta) in the autumn.
FEDORA was founded in 2014 and is committed to supporting and contributing to the future of opera and ballet. The main goal is raising funds to support the development of new opera and ballet productions through FEDORA prizes. Thanks to the support of Creative Europe programme of the European Union, FEDORA can develop a European quality label and launch the FEDORA platform in 2018 as a showcase of innovative new opera and ballet projects by emerging talents.
About Operadagen Rotterdam
The thirteenth edition of Operadagen Rotterdam takes place from 18 to 27 May 2018. Operadagen Rotterdam is a worldwide opera and music theatre festival featuring contemporary, innovative, and ground-breaking productions by established international makers as well as young and adventurous talent. Please go to www.operadagenrotterdam.nl to view more information about the upcoming festival edition and several first performances.