World Opera Forum 2018 Announces Schedule

By David Salazar

The World Opera Forum has announced its slate for 2018, which will kick off on April 12, 2018.

The conference will be hosted by the Teatro Real in Madrid, which will coincide with the opening night performance of Britten’s “Gloriana.”

The conference will be the first time that three international associations of theatre and lyric festivals come together; the three organizations are Opera Europa, Opera America, and Opera Latinoamérica.

Thursday will feature a press conference to kick off the festivities, with an inaugural session to take place later that day.

Throughout the weekend, the forum will host conferences that highlight such topics on opera’s heritage, new operas, diversity in the audience of opera, and sponsorship and advocacy. Much of the debate will focus on the future of opera with the panels seeking to find ways for new operas to enter the standard rep as well as highlight how to avoid opera’s legacy harming its future.