Spring Conference: Creation

Antwerp, 25-28 April

The programme for Opera Europa’s spring conference is launched by a series of lively, and in some cases illustrated, interventions by creative artists, after which there is a choice of evening events. Friday centres on the two-sided question: what do such artists expect from us managers; what do we want from them? It also encompasses the annual General Assembly, when members must take important decisions about future directions for our association. On Friday evening, you may experience Opera Vlaanderen’s new opera commission, or three other options. Saturday explores different ways in which new creations may engage with the public.

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Conference registration includes participation at all sessions and social events, as well as three tickets to performances of your choice from ones that are proposed. Additional seats are available for purchase. Please note that there is limited availability.
■ first participant €300  €350
■ additional participants €250 €300
■ first participant €600 €650
■ additional participants €450 €500
Youth (under 30) €200 €230
Getting there
Via Brussels Airport (Zaventem) by train to Antwerp Centraal Station: 30 mins, tickets for purchase from station at the airport or online www.sncb.be
Via Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) by train to Antwerp Centraal Station: 50 mins, tickets for purchase at www.thalys.com
Via Brussels by train to Antwerp Centraal Station, most train companies (SNCB, Thalys, Eurostar, ICE) will go to Antwerp in just 30 mins. 
Les Bienveillantes: A world premiere after Jonathan Littell's controversial novel The Kindly Ones (Les Bienveillantes) from 2006. Libretto of Händl Klaus, with music by Catalan composer Hèctor Parra, the opera will be directed by Calixto Bieito.
PLAY– Court of Choice: a meticulously detailed musical tennis match for 3 actors, a string quartet and percussion, in which a single umpire oversees and steers the game
Sylvia: The icon of a poetic rather than a committed feminism, Sylvia Plath will struggle her whole life between her wish to fit into the American dream (perfect spouse and mother) and her irrepressible need to write. A profound contradiction that led to her demise. 
Harriet: Soprano Claron McFadden and composer Hilda Paredes create a musical theatre portrait of the Afro-American freedom fighter Harriet Tubman (1822-1913). 
In the Penal Colony: Philip Glass based his pocket opera for two singers, actors and string quintet from 2000 on Kafka's story In der Strafkolonie. 
Playing opera: The Flute: There are over 200M mobile game users in the world. The game adaptation of Mozart's Magic Flute is taking the challenge of bringing them to the opera. Be part of it. 
Opera Vlaanderen - Frankrijklei 1, 2000 Antwerpen
deSingel - Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerpen
Toneelhuis - Komedieplaats 18, 2000 Antwerpen
Red Star Line Museum - Montevideostraat 3, 2000 Antwerpen
Here is a selection of hotels near the venues. There are many hotels and b&bs in the area. The rates include breakfast but not the city tax. Please mention Opera Europa when booking.
Lindner WTC Hotel & City Lounge Antwerp ****
Lange Kievitstraat 125, 2018 Antwerpen
10 min walk to the Antwerp Opera
reservation.antwerpen@lindnerhotels.be  please mention reservation code 9252953
Single room: 120€
Double use: 150€  
Hyllit Hotel ****
De Keyserlei 28-30, 2018 Antwerpen
2 min walk to the Antwerp Opera
Single room:     132€
Double use:       142€
Radisson Blu Antwerp Hotel ****
Koningin Astridplein 7, 2018 Antwerpen
5 min walk to the Antwerp Opera
use code oper19 on radissonblu.com (chose “promotional code” in the drop down list)
Single room:       149€
Double use:         164€ 
Park Inn by Radisson ***
Koningin Astridplein 14, 2018 Antwerpen
5 min walk to the Antwerp Opera
use code opra19 on parkinn.com (chose “promotional code” in the drop down list)
Single room:      139€
Hotel Indigo Antwerp City Centre ****
Koningin Astridplein 43, 2018 Antwerpen
5 min walk to the Antwerp Opera
Single room:      135€ 
Double use:       145€
Quality Hotel Antwerp ***
Molenbergstraat 9-11, 2000 Antwerpen
2 min walk to the Antwerp Opera
Single room:    99€
Double use:     119€