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Celebrating the power of art

World Opera Day 2020 on 25 October is a vital step on the road to recovery.

This year, when everyone’s lives have been affected by the global pandemic, and the world’s social injustices have gained visibility and touched wider communities, the healing power of music and art is needed more than ever. Yet, restrictions on public gathering have had a devastating impact on the cultural and especially the performing arts sector.

Opera is an international language, and its stories reflect an understanding of human nature and contribute to sustaining the values of freedom and tolerance. Opera should belong to and includes all those within its community where it is made. It must embrace a diverse but connected world. World Opera Day is an occasion to underline the importance of culture in society.

Trailer | Celebration Concert

Who better than Beethoven to be the emblem of this 2020 edition? On the 250th anniversary of his birth, this genius of musical creativity perfectly embodies the humanitarian message of universal solidarity. OperaVision is leading this celebration with a diverse programme online throughout the weekend of 24/25 October including three contrasting versions of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio:

23 October 19h CET | The recent semi-staged version from Garsington Opera recorded in September 2020 and starring Toby Spence, Katherine Broderick and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

24 October 17h CET | World premiere of an animated version for young people commissioned by OperaVision and WALPURGIS.

24 October 19h CET | Graham Vick’s promenade production staged at the heart of an inner-city community by Birmingham Opera Company.

The weekend culminates in a joyous, global musical jamboree from across the globe:

25 October | World Opera Day Celebration Concert, bringing together 6 continents in 4 acts and time zones: Act I 15:00 CET Tokyo time, Act II 15:00 Moscow time, Act III 15:00 London time, Act IV 15:00 New York time.

World Opera Day Celebration Concert

Opera Europa, Opera America and Opera Latinoamérica, in collaboration with Opera for Peace, will offer vocal performances from six continents alongside messages from ambassadors worldwide, including among others Ai Weiwei, Luca Pisaroni, Sondra Radvanovksy, Ernesto Ottone (UNESCO), Isabel Leonard, Brian Jagde, Elsa Dreisig, Joyce El-Khoury, Peter Sellars, Golda Schultz and Nicole Car, and emerging artists Raehann Bryce-Davis, Vuvu Mpofu, Victoria Karkacheva and Leonardo Sánchez.

Wherever you are in the world, join us on OperaVision on the weekend of 24/25 October to celebrate the power of opera as a global force for good.

World Opera Day is a joint initiative of Opera Europa, Opera America and Opera Latinoamérica, in collaboration with national organisations National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, National Centre for the Performing Arts India, Réunion des Opéras de France, Deutscher Bühnenverein, Opera XXI, Association of Music Theatres Russia, Opera UK and Opera.ca, and international organisations Fedora, RESEO, IAMA, the International Theatre Institute and Opera for Peace.