Bregenz conference

30-31 May 2008


Friday 30 May

Participants will have free access to MEET exhibitions and demonstrations until 16.00.

12.00 : Registration of Opera Europa Technical & Production forum

12.30 : Saal Bodensee
              International Forum Network of Technical Directors
              Led by Timo Tuovila (Finnish National Opera), Ivo Kersmaekers (OISTAT) and
              Karin Winkelsesser (DTHG)

13.00 : Registration of Opera Europa members / tea & coffee

14.00 : Welcome addresses on Technology and Theatre, with David Pountney, Intendant and Artistic                                                       Director of Bregenzer Festspiele, and Michael Ramsaur, President of OISTAT

14.30 : Joint plenary debate
              Modern technology - does it stimulate the creative process 
              Led by Bernard Foccroulle, composer and director of Aix-en-Provence Festival; Graham Sheffield, Artistic director of                 London's Barbican Centre; and David Staples, Managing director UK of Theatre Projects consultants

16.00 : Coffee break at Parkstudio

17.00 : Main auditorium
             Across the frontiers
             Composers workshop in Festspielhaus, by Bregenz Festival

Saal Panorama 1
Survey on artistic labour costs and agreements
Preliminary findings of Opera Europa's study of practices in selected opera houses

Saal Panorama 2
Meeting of the Technical & Production forum
Meeting and discussion on current topics

18.00 : End of the day's programme and aperitif at Parkstudio

20.00 : Main auditorium
             Reading TOSCA (world premiere)
             Performance in Festspielhaus
             A dance theatre approach to Puccini's opera
             Choreography: Toula Limnaios; Music: Ralf Ollertz

21.30 : Break - soups and beverages at Parkstudio

22.15 : Technical presentation of the Seetribüne


Saturday 31 May

09.30 : Propter Homines The Creative outlook

How can the technology of film, photography and 3-D images contribute tomusic-theatre today? Presentation byJérôme Waquet, video director, with Thomas Lauriot Prévost (Théâtre du Châtelet)

11.00 : Coffee break at Parkstudio

11.30 : Propter Homines Production rentals forum

How to integrate rentals into a balanced season? How does your company manage rentals?
Presentation by Aviel Cahn (Vlaamse Opera) and Mark Duffy (Royal Opera Covent Garden) and discussion in the context of the publication by Operabase of the Rentals Portfolio

Saal Bodensee
RESEO Creative residency 
Led by James Redwood, John Barber and Alexandra Vohl

13.00 : Lunch break - meals available for purchase at Bühne 3

13.30 : Departure for the guided tour of the Seebühne

14.30 : Propter Homines The Manager's outlook

How does technology help or hinder the production process and the management of people? Led by Elaine Padmore (Royal Opera Covent Garden) and Achim Thorwald (Badisches Staatstheater), with Eva Kleinitz(La Monnaie Brussels)

Education and technical session (with RESEO) 

Good practice in realising the technical potential of education projects and the creative potential of technical departments. WithKatherine Palmer (ENO Baylis) and Ulla Laurio (Finnish National Opera), moderated by Anna Karinsdotter (Royal Swedish Opera)

16.00 : Break at Parkstudio

16.30 : Propter Homines The view from the audience

How does technology enable us to grow audiences? An examination of initiatives in the cinema and on the internet, with contributions from Rachael Castell (English National Opera), Patrick Foll (Théâtre de Caen), andLisa Navach and Barbara Minghetti (AsLiCo)

18.00 : End of the conference


Sunday 1 June

09.00 : Artistic directors' office
             Opera Europa Board meeting

11.30 : End