Human Resources Forum

The Human Resources forum is one of Opera Europa's newest forums. Set up in 2010 after our extended survey on Artistic Labour Costs and Conditions revealed an amazing number of common issues which could be best tackled within a long-standing working group.
It brings together HR and Administrative Directors who meet both at Opera Europa larger conferences and at smaller, intensive work seminars. Their aims and purpose are laid out in the attached forum charter.

In the near future, the group will focus on:

  • Ageing and pension models
  • Work environment surveys
  • Professional training and development
  • Comparison of different groups (chorus, orchestra, stage technicians,...) in terms of working time, salary, holiday rights, work content,...
  • Health issues
  • Young employees, apprentices
  • Career change, re-education possibilities
  • Short-term staff exchange

The steering group of the forum is composed of:

Eddy Ballaux (La Monnaie/De Munt, Brussels)
Jane Crowther (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden)
Hanna Fontana (Finnish National Opera, Helsinki)
Pierre Fenet (Opéra de Lille) 
Jürgen König (Deutsche Oper am Rhein)
Olaf Mackenzie (Bergen National Opera)


The next meeting will take place at Palermo from 1-3 October 2019 together with the Technical and Production group. More info to be published soon.


For more information about the HR forum and to register to their e-mail listserv and receive their latest news, please contact

The access to Forum documents and databases is exclusively restricted to Opera Europa members.


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