Philosophy

 

OPERA OF THE FUTURE

Operafest was conceived as an event wich unifies varied Institutions, not only national wise but worldwide, empowering sinergies and talent around a project mainly focused on promoting both Portuguese and international opera market, contributing to the creation of new body of opera repertoire, giving opportunities and highlighting new composers, musicians, conductors, singers, creative teams and clearly investing  in fresh talent. Operafest Lisboa finally introduces Portugal in the itinerary of innovative Summer Opera Festivals al fresco, for the originality of its programming organized in cycles, presented in different venues, with the clear ambition of reaching out all kinds of new opera audiences, meeting different interests and affinities.

 

PROMOTION OF YOUTH WORK WITHIN A GREEN FESTIVAL

Operafest Lisboa hereby condemnes work without payment, excluding practises such as internship without any kind of payment or volunteering, because it considerers volunteering with youth work or people in working age, a form of dissimulated working exploitation.

This Festival assumingly invests in young talent and youth work dignification. It has a percentage of  young people until 25 years old in full autonomy working places in at least 40% of its activity (production, design, audio, technic, musicians, singers, actors, dancers) and gender parity, already in the person of its general director, but also associate composer, invited conductor and so on.

It also declares itself ecological, in the sense of promoting public transportation and not wanting to be associated to pollution and creation of garbage and plastics, not only within its direct activities, as well as in the activities of associated partners and merchandising.

 

PROGRAMMING IN CYCLES AND DIFFERENT VENUES

GREAT CLASSIC opera repertoire Tosca is revisited in the Garden of National Museum of Ancient Art, as well as a contest and award for new operas - MARATONA ÓPERA XXI, presenting 7 opera in absolute creation, to stimulate new opera repertoire and the emerging of new talents.

OPERA SATELLITE presented in Carpintarias de São Lázaro, proposes to explore this artform with new  approaches  and new challenges, trough blending in with other musical genres in Operatic Rave or Conferences and debates by personalities from different backgrounds, promising simultaeneously new paths and dive further expericnes, or new formats such as an Opera Gala Surprise. CINE-OPERA, in partnership with distributor Unitel, discloses some of the more iconic cinematopgrapic versions of big opera repertoire, with great performers.